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 PROVIDING EXPERT ALLERGY & ASTHMA CARE

 BELLINGHAM | WHATCOM COUNTY | NORTHWEST WASHINGTON

William Anderson MD    Board Certified    Allergy - Immunology    Children and Adults 

 

Dr Anderson is now a specialist with PeaceHealth Medical Group

4545 Cordata Parkway Bellingham, Washington 98226

Phone number:  360-738-2200  Fax number: 360-752-5689

 

    Putting You in Control of Asthma, Allergies and Immunologic Disorders for Over Twenty Years


Welcome!

Dr. Anderson is pleased to announce his affiliation with the primary care and specialty medical providers of PeaceHealth Medical Group. He is joining a fellow specialist in Allergy - Immunology and will continue to provide expert evaluations and care for those experiencing allergic / immunologic disorders.


For information and help regarding common allergic and immunologic problems, view the updated links below:  

For many living in our area, this time of year is their allergy "season". This may be due to mold spores and lingering weed pollen in outdoor dusts. Over the next few weeks, dust mite allergic individuals may also note increased sinus symptoms and if one has asthma, cough and wheezing.  We spend more time indoors, and in some areas, dust mite populations increase due in part to higher indoor humidity which supports dust mite growth.   For those with allergy symptoms not well controlled on antihistamine therapy alone, an anti-inflammatory nasal spray such as Flonase, Rhinocort or Nasocort is usually recommended, along with an antihistamine. Symptoms can fluctuate for a variety of reasons, however, for those with moderate to severe allergy symptoms, therapy should be used daily. There are multiple options  for treatment of respiratory symptoms due to allergy, including both over the counter, and prescription therapy. For long term control, allergen immunotherapy is a good option for many with bothersome seasonal as well as perennial allergy symptoms. For children with allergy or asthma, cough may be an early sign of asthma and should be evaluated if persistent or severe, even if not associated with shortness of breath or wheeze. Along with indoor allergens including dust mites and animal dander, upper respiratory infections are common triggers for asthma symptoms this time of year.  In children with asthma, narrowing of the bronchial airways will usually start soon after a viral infection and should be addressed early on before shortness of breath and wheeze ensues. Usually, an inhaled anti-inflammatory medication is started, if not already used daily, to reduce the potential for developing severe asthma. If a child with asthma is four or five years of age or older, monitoring peak flows or FEV1 is often recommended to help manage asthma, along with an asthma plan. This is advised for all children that have experienced moderate to severe asthma episodes, including those that have required emergency room visits. 

Recurrent sinus and ear infections, frequent or prolonged cough may be a sign of allergy and asthma.  One does not necessarily need to sneeze or itch around an allergen to be allergic to it.  Allergy evaluation can help sort out possible causes of recurrent or prolonged respiratory symptoms in children and adults, and assist in preventing airway problems, and determining optimum treatment options.

For parents with young infants at high risk for having food allergy, see information on the LEAP study which showed a major reduction in the risk of developing peanut allergy. Peanut Allergy Guidelines

If you are interested in food allergy, please check out these important links; Food Allergy  FARE  Food Allergy Guidelines 

View Bellingham-Whatcom Allergy  for an overview of allergy seasons in our area.

Information on exercise and asthma symptoms can be found at EIB.

To learn about immunotherapy or allergy shots which can be helpful for seasonal and chronic allergy symptoms, check out   Allergen Immunotherapy .

Recurrent infections can be a sign of immune deficiency. For more information on this subject see  Primary Immunodeficiency, and IDF.

For an excellent source of information on asthma in children, click on  Childhood Asthma  from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. Asthma in children is often a challenge to diagnose properly, as well as control, especially in youngsters under four - five years of age. At around four years of age we can start to use breathing tests to better evaluate and manage asthma. Younger children who wheeze may or may not have chronic asthma and the distinction between intermittent and persistent asthma can be a challenge to make, even for asthma specialists.

Is your asthma under control? You can take a brief test to determine your level of control; The Asthma Control Test

 


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