Allergy Division

Highest Quality of Care

Pediatric Alliance is a group of independent practices that have joined together for administrative efficiency.  We are not owned by any hospital or insurance company.  All of our physicians are board-certified pediatricians.  For more information regarding Pediatric Alliance, please click here.

Did You Know…

  • Allergic diseases affect 1 in 5 Americans, and about 36 million people in the U.S. have seasonal allergies
  • 20.3 million Americans report having asthma, and more than 70% of people with asthma also suffer from allergies.
  • Immune system malfunctions can cause a wide range of conditions, including allergy, arthritis, and cancer.

If allergies, asthma, or immune problems are making your life difficult – We Can Help!!

Our Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology division concentrates on diagnosing and treating children and adults with these health issues. Our practice is built around you and your needs. We provide the excellent specialized care you expect, along with the fast, friendly, convenient service you deserve, at either of our two offices. We accept all major health insurance, and see patients via physician referrals or self-referrals, as their insurance permits. Here’s a closer look at what we offer.

For Patients with Allergies

We diagnose and treat a wide range of allergies, including:

  • Allergic conditions of the nose, sinuses, eyes, and ears
  • Allergic diseases of the skin, such as eczema
  • Food allergies
  • Insect venom allergies and anaphylaxis
  • Hereditary and acquired angioedema, a dangerous swelling of the soft tissues of the aerodigestive tract (air and food passages)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Eosinophilic gastroenteritis (EGE), a condition frequently associated with food allergies

How We Diagnose

We use a variety of methods to diagnose allergies. Quintip® technology by Hollister-Stier Laboratories is a patient-friendly, innovative skin testing technique. It makes testing significantly more comfortable, accurate, and reproducible than more traditional scratch testing. We also offer an array of laboratory tests, including RAST (blood) testing for food and environmental allergens.

How We Treat

Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) is one of the better options for patients with multiple and severe allergies and for patients who have exhausted all drug-based approaches to therapy. Patients receive shots containing gradually increasing amounts of allergen. For example, if you are allergic to pollen, your vaccinations will include pollen allergens. The end result is that you are less sensitive to allergen exposure.

We also educate patients on how to avoid allergens and better control their environment. We provide nutritional advice or referrals to a nutritionist in the case of severe food allergies.

9000 Perry Highway

9000 Perry Highway
Suite 210
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Phone: (412) 348-6868
Fax: (412) 348-1064

Hours:

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am – 6:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Saturday: Closed

For Patients with Asthma

Asthma is an inflammatory airway disease in which allergies play a pivotal role. An asthma episode causes difficulty breathing, a tight feeling in the chest, coughing, and wheezing. Asthma can develop quickly and range from mild discomfort to life-threatening attacks where breathing stops altogether. Exercise induced asthma is growing in prevalence in both kids and adults and sharply limits their physical activities. Sometimes chronic cough is the only symptom, and many cases of the disease go undiagnosed. Another disease, called alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency, is a genetic condition that often presents as asthma in its early stages.

How We Diagnose

We perform pulmonary function testing in every patient with asthma age 6 or older. This includes bronchodilator challenge testing, a type of breathing test that helps us determine if a patient has airflow limitation.

How We Treat

We teach patients how to use nebulizers for asthma treatment and make arrangements with home care companies for nebulizer home delivery. We also provide detailed asthma home management plans to help patients manage and monitor this precarious breathing disorder. For patients 12 and older with moderate and severe allergic asthma where conventional methods are failing, we use a novel treatment involving injections of Xolair®. We determine the patient’s medical eligibility, orchestrate the insurance coverage, and arrange monthly or biweekly injections as appropriate.

For Patients with Immune Deficiency

We diagnose and treat both primary and secondary immune deficiency states. Primary immune deficiency diseases are disorders in which part of the body’s immune system is missing or does not function properly. In secondary immune deficiency disease, the immune system is compromised by factors outside the immune system, such as viruses, chemotherapy, and severe chronic diseases.

How We Diagnose

We perform an array of immunological tests as appropriate.

How We Treat

We initiate intravenous immunoglobulin infusions in patients with various forms of immune deficiency with the best available IVIG preparations on the U.S. market. We also arrange for home care companies to carry out home infusions, and ensure close follow-up at our clinic as well as laboratory monitoring of immune system response to therapy.

Joyce Douglas

Joyce Douglas

Office Manager

Joyce Douglas has been an office manager for the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Division for the past 9 years. Joyce’s 25+ years of experience includes leadership positions in both direct and indirect patient care at various hospitals and medical offices throughout western Pennsylvania.  Specifically, she has worked over 10 years in allergy, asthma and immunology in various capacities including manager, triage nurse, and assistant for asthma research at the University of Pittsburgh.  Joyce received her RN from Community College of Allegheny County, Baccalaureate from Slippery Rock University, and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.  She currently resides in the North Hills with her husband and 2 daughters.