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 those with more than mild seasonal allergy symptoms, antihistamine therapy is often not
enough for optimal control of annoying symptoms such as itchy eyes,
sneezing, nasal congestion and runny nose. Many allergy sufferers need anti-inflammatory
nasal sprays to control allergy symptoms, and these should be used daily.
Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots or sub-cutaneous immunotherapy, or
sublingual immunotherapy) should be considered for those who are not well
controlled on daily nasal anti-inflammatory and antihistamine therapy, or
for those who would like to minimize their medication use. See Grastek,
and Allergen Immunotherapy links below.
Check out information about
for a new way to treat grass pollen allergy. This will be available next
year, and should be started in early February.
Click on the Allergy Season link above for
information on seasonal changes in our area and suggestions on treatment.
Information on exercise and asthma symptoms can be found
To learn about immunotherapy or allergy shots which can be helpful for
seasonal and chronic allergy symptoms, check out
For an excellent source of information on asthma in
children, click on
Childhood Asthma from the American Academy of Allergy
Asthma and Immunology.
Is your asthma under control? You can take a brief test to
determine your level of control;
The Asthma Control Test
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
parents and patients in evaluation and treatment options
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
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
To learn about the various steps involved in providing a diagnosis and
therapeutic options, turn to
Patient Evaluation . The
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
Barkley Medical Center 2075 Barkley Blvd.
Ste.220 Bellingham WA