Allergies & Immunology

From combating seasonal sneezing to pinpointing the cause of a severe reaction, physicians at Mount Nittany Health can help you combat your allergies.

Allergies are defined as abnormal reactions to ordinarily harmless substances, like pollen or peanut butter. Reactions range from mildly uncomfortable (like a runny nose) to life threatening (such as anaphylactic shock). Even the same allergy will affect different people to varying degrees.

Since allergic reactions are a function of the immune system, allergists often specialize in immunology. This specialty includes conditions related to the immune system, such as autoimmune diseases, immune deficiencies and hypersensitivities.

There are a number of tests our allergists can perform to determine your specific condition and treatment depends on your specific allergy and reaction. No matter what condition you may be facing, allergists who are a part of Mount Nittany Health will provide the expert care you need to feel your best. Find a specialist from the list below or contact our Park Avenue location.


Methods of allergy testing differ from case to case, but there are some common testing procedures that can be performed. At Mount Nittany Health, these include:Oral challenge testing

  • Methacholine challenge testing
  • Penicillin skin tests
  • Venom skin testing
  • Prick/scratch/intradermal skin testing
  • Patch testing
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Fiberoptic rhinolaryngoscopy

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Controlling Your Triggers: Allergens

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