Allergies

    Overview

    Allergies are conditions where the body reacts abnormally to a foreign substance. These reactions include skin or sinus irritation, gastrointestinal or respiratory distress, or more severe ailments. Treatment includes identifying and avoiding allergens that trigger symptoms, medication, and if necessary, developing an emergency action plan for severe attacks.

    • The SIU Medicine Allery Clinic is a specialized clinic focusing on evaluation and treatment of environmental and food allergies
    • Comprehensive testing for allergies to dust, pollens, molds and animal dander
    • Evaluation and testing for food allergies
    • Comprehensive management of allergic disorders affecting the nose, sinuses, ears and voice including medical, surgical treatment and immunotherapy (allergy shots)
    • Comprehensive evaluation of allergy related chronic sinus disorders

    Treatment options

    Patients who have allergies that are not controlled with medical management have two treatment options for desensitization at SIU. The first step is to call our office at 217.545.8000 to schedule an allergy consult with one of our physicians. This consultation can be scheduled by the patient and does not require a doctor’s referral (unless your insurance plan requires an insurance referral). A 20-minute screening test can be done to determine if you may have allergies. Based on your exam and history, our doctor will order the full 1-hour allergy test. This is called an MQT.

    Results of this test will be available the same day. The doctor will review the test and recommend a treatment plan. Traditional allergy injections are given over a 3-5 year period. Injections are given weekly and then spaced out to every 2 or 3 weeks as directed by the physician. These are typically covered by most insurances.

    Sublingual drop therapy (SLIT) is administered at home by the patient, 7 days per week, for 3-5 years. Allergy drops can safely and effectively treat a broad range of allergies, including animal dander, pollens and molds. This therapy is not covered by most insurances. The cost is $22-$44 per week, depending on the number of vials needed.

    Any specific questions can be answered by the team at SIU Medicine allergy clinic 217.545.8000.

    Our doctors

    Provider

    Janet Albers, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Tracy Aldridge, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Priyanka Bhandari, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Careyana Brenham, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Marissa Butcher, PA-C

    Certified Physician Assistant Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
    720 N. Bond Street Springfield , IL 62702
    Provider

    Laura Deaton, PA-C

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Airn Etherton, FNP-BC

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Sarah Halsey, DNP, FNP-BC

    Certified Nurse Practitioner Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
    720 N. Bond Street Springfield , IL 62702
    Provider

    Mark Johnson, MD

    Pediatric Pulmonologist
    400 N. 9th Street Floor 3 Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Lauri Lopp, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Paula Mackrides, DO

    Family Medicine
    612 N. 11th St. Quincy, IL 62301
    Provider

    Amanda McDannald, DNP, FNP-C

    Certified Nurse Practitioner Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
    720 N. Bond Street Springfield , IL 62702
    Provider

    Evans Mutua, FNP-BC

    Certified Nurse Practitioner Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
    720 N. Bond Street Springfield , IL 62702
    Provider

    Theresa Oakley, PA-C

    Family Medicine
    612 N. 11th St. Quincy, IL 62301
    Provider

    Anwar Shafi, MD

    Pediatric Pulmonologist Pediatrics
    2 Memorial Dr. Suite 202 Decatur, IL 62526
    Provider

    Zachary Sims, PA-C

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Cynthia Thomas, MD

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
    Provider

    Audra Trump, FNP-C

    Family Medicine
    102 W. Kenwood Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
    Provider

    Doreen Wilmert, FNP-BC

    Family Medicine
    520 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702

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