Allergy & Asthma
Allergies are immune responses to substances. Asthma may be caused by allergic reactions.
We provide care to help diagnose and manage your allergies and asthma.
At Indiana University Health Allergy & Asthma, our team of specialists uses the latest research and testing to determine allergy or asthma triggers, develop individualized treatment plans and educate each of our patients on managing their conditions. We treat asthma, environmental allergies, food allergies, allergic reactions and a range of breathing-related conditions.
Diagnosing and treating your condition
In order to diagnose your condition, a physician will review your medical history and perform a physical exam. Then, the physician will perform tests to help determine the cause of your allergies or asthma. Depending on your symptoms, testing could include one or more of the following:
- Skin prick test
- Lab tests
- Food challenge test
- Lung function test
Based on the findings from the tests, treatments can include one or more of the following:
- Medicines—oral, topical, nasal sprays and/or shots
- Allergy immunotherapy
- Environmental control and lifestyle changes (such as avoiding your allergy/asthma triggers)
When needed, we can make a referral to a specialist. For example, if you have food allergies, we can refer you to a nutritionist to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need while avoiding the food that causes your allergies.
We understand how debilitating breathing difficulties and allergies can be. Even everyday activities can become difficult when you’re not able to breathe well or your body is having an allergic reaction. Our team of specialists takes a comprehensive approach to diagnosing your condition and treating all of your symptoms, as well as addressing the cause of your allergy or asthma. We work with you to ensure you understand your allergy triggers, medications and treatment so you can manage your asthma or allergies and get back to doing the things you want to do.
Collaboration with the Indiana University School of Medicine
IU Health Allergy & Asthma works closely with the Indiana University School of Medicine on research findings that we can apply to our patients, and in educating the next generation of specialists.
The Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, Occupational and Sleep Medicine, part of the IU School of Medicine, is involved in research programs, community service and clinical activities that are integrated into the educational programs of the IU School of Medicine. The Division also houses two active fellowship programs (Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship and Sleep Medicine).
We also work with Pulmonary Inflammation/Asthma & Allergic Diseases Research Group, which is part of the Department of Pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine. The Group performs research on several kinds of allergy and asthma to find better ways of treating and preventing allergy.
Learn more about allergy and asthma
For more information about asthma, visit the American Lung Association, the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.
To learn more about food allergies, visit Food Allergy Research and Education, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies while relentlessly seeking a cure.