Allergy

Louisville Allergies

Louisville Allergy Treatment

Living in the Louisville region, chances are you or someone close to you is affected by allergies. Nationally, allergies and asthma affect about 1 in 5 people. Louisville is the No. 3 allergy capital in the country, after Knoxville, Tenn., and McAllen, Texas. UofL Physicians-Allergy & Immunology, formerly known as University Allergy and Immunology, understands that allergies can significantly affect your day-to-day activities and quality of life, so let us be your experts in treating problems associated with allergies and asthma. Our advanced diagnosis and treatment methods will arm you against even the toughest allergy triggers. We want to help you be your best version of yourself, keeping allergy symptoms at bay and in some cases, helping you to live an allergy-free life.

Our allergy doctors treat allergies and asthma in both adults and children, including allergic rhinitis and sinusitis – what most people think of as common seasonal allergies -- as well as food allergies. We also provide comprehensive allergy testing.

Find a Louisville Allergist by viewing the Our Physicians tab.

To make an appointment with UofL Physicians - Allergy and Immunology, call 502-588-2349.

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UofL Physicians-Allergy & Immunology doctors know how debilitating allergies can be, so let us be your partner in the fight against allergies.

We have expertise in:

  • Allergic Rhinitis: inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes due to allergens
  • Sinusitis
  • Asthma with a particular emphasis on identifying allergic triggers and helping you avoid them
  • Food allergies
  • Eczema
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Urticaria (or “hives”)
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Management of drug allergies, including drug testing, challenge and desensitization
  • Stinging insect allergies
  • Immune deficiency workups for recurrent pneumonias and other infections
  • Occupational asthma or allergies

Allergies can be triggered by:

  • Outdoor: pollens from trees, grasses, and weeds or outdoor molds
  • Indoor: pets, dust, cockroaches and mold
  • Foods
  • Medications
  • Stinging insects
  • Workplace chemicals

Common allergy symptoms we treat are:

Louisville Allergy ShotsMedications

UofL Physicians-Allergy & Immunology uses a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications when determining the most effective treatment plan for each patient. Medications can include sinus rinses, antihistamines, decongestants, intranasal corticosteroids, leukotriene antagonists, eye drops and asthma inhalers. 

Allergen Immunotherapy (Allergy shots)

Immunotherapy (allergy shots) is aimed at increasing your tolerance to allergens that trigger your symptoms every time you are exposed to them. Allergy shots work like a vaccine. Your body responds to the injected amounts of a particular allergen (given in gradually increasing doses) little by little, developing a resistance and tolerance to it. Allergy shots can lead to decreased, minimal or no allergy symptoms when you are again exposed to the allergens in the shot. UofL Physicians-Allergy conduct a thorough series of allergy tests to determine how allergy shots can best benefit you.

Allergen Immunotherapy can often offer a significant reduction in allergy and asthma symptoms, a reduction in the need for medication, prevention of fatal reactions to stinging insects, prevention of other diseases, and slow the development of asthma and new allergies.

Food allergy testing and treatment

Food allergies have become an increasingly serious problem. What makes them particularly concerning is that they can be life threatening, especially in children. The testing for food allergy is not perfect. A positive skin test or the blood test for food allergy doesn’t necessarily mean that person is allergic to the food. Therefore, the only way to know if a person is allergic to the food is if they actually eat it and see what happens.

Since food allergies are potentially life threatening, these “food challenges” must be conducted under the supervision of an allergist. Most allergy practices are reluctant to perform food challenges and therefore recommend that the person continue to avoid certain foods, even though they may not be allergic to it. Avoiding food affects quality of life – food is an important part of daily living and some restricted diets are difficult to maintain plus the anxiety of what will happen if they accidentally eat the food. Our allergists will take the time and effort with a patient to perform food challenges to give you definitive answers on what food to avoid, as well as lifestyle changes and treatment options.

For more information, see the asthma and allergy resources page in the Health Library.

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

Offices and Clinics

  • Gray Street Medical Building
    210 E. Gray St.
    Suite 802
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-588-2349
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  • Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre
    982 Eastern Parkway
    Louisville, Kentucky 40217
    502-588-2349
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Hospital Affiliations

  • University of Louisville Hospital
  • Jewish Hospital
  • Kosair Children’s Hospital

Our allergists are board-certified in both adult and pediatric allergy and immunology by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. They are also professors and researchers at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, pioneering advancements in the field of allergic conditions and treatments. They serve in leadership roles in national organizations dedicated to allergy education, including the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; and the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. Our physicians are actively involved in both patient and physician allergy and asthma education research and training at a national and international level. We have particular expertise on the effects of air pollution on human health, especially related to indoor air pollution resulting from both outdoor and indoor sources.