Allergy, Asthma and related conditions affect 60 million Americans. At United Hospital District, Dr. Matthew Patterson is a multi-board certified Asthma and Allergy specialist who diagnoses and treats a wide array of allergy conditions, including:
What are Allergies?
Allergies are reactions triggered by your immune system as it mistakes normal, everyday substances for a dangerous intruder in your body. Your body responds by attacking the intruder, or allergen. This type of response produces histamines, which create allergy symptoms. Allergies range from mild to severe and can produce minor irritation or result in anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening condition. People are allergic to a variety of materials (allergens) including:
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a long-term lung disease that can cause episodes of coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. It affects people of all ages. Symptoms can be mild or severe, or even life-threatening. Possible causes of asthma include:
Like all chronic diseases, asthma cannot be cured but, in most cases, is very manageable.
Appointments with Dr. Patterson are available in our Blue Earth Clinic by calling 507-526-7388.