Allergies and the immune system

    Our approach to allergies and the immune system

    Allergies are a common chronic health condition, with symptoms that can range from mild to serious ─ even life-threatening.

    Allergic reactions begin in your immune system when a harmless substance such as dust, mold or pollen is encountered. If you are allergic to it, the immune system may overreact by producing antibodies that attack the allergen, causing wheezing, itching, a runny nose, and watery or itchy eyes.

    SIU Medicine can provide help for allergy sufferers. Our clinicians are trained to deliver allergy care with a range of medications, as well as natural treatments that can work alongside them. They can also share ideas on how to adjust your lifestyle to avoid triggers and how to allergy-proof your environment.

    Specializing in the immune system

    Latest news

    sinus issues

    Warmer winter months leading to early allergy season

    Dr. Adnan Khan warned patients that this warm February could lead to an early allergy season.

    Latest blog articles

    sinus issues

    Sinus issues 101

    The sinuses consist of air spaces in your skull and facial bones, specifically within your forehead, inside your cheekbones and behind the nose. These air spaces make up the upper part of your

    All about asthma

    Asthma is a common ailment—1 in 13 people in the United States have it according to the CDC. Over the past several years, the incidence of asthma has been increasing, too. Fortunately, asthma can be

    Living with a peanut allergy

    A peanut allergy is one of the most common types of food allergies. At SIU Medicine, our researchers and clinicians provide a wide range of services for anyone living with a peanut allergy. While this

    5 tips to minimize allergies

    For those who suffer from seasonal allergies, changing of seasons causes a lot of headaches. Runny noses, watery and itchy eyes, sneezing and congestion are common for people allergic to pollen, mold