Get more information about the Duke Asthma, Allergy and Airway Center.
Duke's specialists offer tests for asthma and a wide range of allergic or lung diseases to help determine the causes underlying symptoms.
Asthma is a chronic lung condition that affects close to 20 million Americans. Coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness are all symptoms of asthma and may be present at any age, but are more common in young and middle-aged adults. Elderly persons can be breathless, but have little cough or wheeze.
To ensure proper diagnosis of asthma and other pulmonary diseases, physicians at Duke offer the following tests:
In addition, special procedures are available for infants and young children. They include:
Allergies triggered by particles in the air or by certain foods and drugs can cause nasal congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, and more serious symptoms such as nasal polyps, sleep disturbances, asthma attacks, and repeated sinus infections.
Duke allergists have tools to determine what substances cause your allergies and which of these substances could set off an asthma attack. Allergy evaluation procedures include:
Depending on the test results, Duke physicians may prescribe allergen immunotherapy regimens designed to decrease the severity of symptoms in the face of known allergy triggers.
To make an appointment for asthma and allergy services at Duke, call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853).
Physicians offering this service include:
This service is available at: