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William Anderson MD    Board Certified    Allergy - Immunology    Children and Adults 


Barkley Medical Center    2075 Barkley Blvd. Ste. 220    Phone 360-756-2000  Fax 756-2111
Bellingham Washington 98226


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


The purpose of this web site is two fold; to provide information for future and existing patients living in Bellingham and Whatcom and Skagit Counties about the Asthma & Allergy Center and to improve health through a better understanding of allergic and immunologic disorders. We believe that in most cases, medical problems such as seasonal or chronic nasal/sinus symptoms, asthma, cough, frequent infections, allergic skin conditions, food allergy and other allergic and immunologic disorders can be controlled with proper diagnosis, allergen avoidance, and optimum treatment. In addition, we understand that the most important component of successful self management of allergic disorders is education in the basic disease process, as well as in treatment options and allergen avoidance strategies.

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



    Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of children and adults who suffer from allergic and immunologic disorders by providing the latest advances in the field of Allergy-Immunology in our evaluations, education and treatment recommendations.

This statement is based on the goals we strive for in the daily care of our patients:

        Provide compassionate, individualized evaluations and treatment options

      ▪  Educate parents and patients on the latest information about diagnosis and therapy

      ▪  Involve parents and patients in evaluation and treatment options

      ▪  Ensure that questions and concerns of our patients are addressed satisfactorily




This web site is designed to provide easy access to basic information about us, and the disorders that we evaluate and treat. It is geared primarily for the parent or patient who is "new" to these medical problems, and for those who are familiar with their diagnosis and treatment but would like additional information. Links to sites outside of this web will provide more in depth review of the subject. Patients of the Asthma & Allergy Center of Whatcom County are encouraged to contact our office at any time for any questions or concerns regarding diagnosis or treatment recommendations.

For general information about our office, and the provider Dr. Anderson, click on About the Practice. For general  information, diagnostic methods and treatment/management options for allergic/immunologic  problems, click on  Allergic Disorders.  To find out what an Allergist-Immunologist is, including requirements for board certification, check out the page Allergy-Immunology Specialty. To learn about the various steps involved in providing a diagnosis and therapeutic options, turn to New Patient Evaluation .  The Allergy Season  page will be updated on a regular basis to provide helpful hints and information about  the current allergy season in Whatcom County. For our patients on immunotherapy, or allergy shots, this page, Allergy Shot Hours will give updated changes in allergy shot hours.



"Improving the quality of life of children and adults through the art and science of

asthma and allergy care"

Barkley Medical Center  2075 Barkley Blvd.  Ste.220  Bellingham  WA