Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from some form of allergic disease. Allergic disease can develop at any age, and heredity plays a key role in who will develop it. If one parent has allergic disease, the estimated risk of the child to develop allergies is 48 percent, and the child's risk grows to 70 percent if both parents have allergies.
Symptoms of allergic disease are the result of events occurring in your immune system — the body's defense mechanism against harmful substances. The body of an individual with allergic disease identifies some substances, called allergens, as harmful. These substances, which are harmless to most people, trigger allergic reactions within that person's immune system.
Services provided in our Allergy & Asthma Department:
Allergy and asthma evaluation, education and disease management