Allergy and Immunology Program
St. Joseph's Allergy and Immunology Program offers comprehensive allergy services aimed at improving the quality of life of people with allergies through assessment, diagnosis, treatment, research and teaching. Many people with untreated allergic symptoms aren't aware of how much better they can feel once their symptoms are properly diagnosed and managed.
At the outpatient Allergy and Immunology Clinic, a personalized treatment plan is developed for patients, which includes measures to avoid or eliminate triggers, recommendations for medications, and education to help individuals take an active role in managing their disease.
Making a difference in the lives of patients
Care provided by the expert team at St. Joseph's can make the difference between suffering with an allergic disease and feeling better.
The clinic provides assessment and treatment for a wide range of conditions: allergic rhinitis; allergic conjunctivitis' drug allergies; food allergies, insect allergies; and more. Among procedures performed are:
- Skin tests for inhalant allergens
- Allergen immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, asthma
- Skin tests and blood tests for food allergies
- Skin tests for antibiotics and other drug allergies
- Desensitization procedure for drug allergies
- Oral immunotheraphy for certain food allergies such as peanut
- Patch testing for cosmetics, fragrances and skin care products
For patients with allergies to the COVID-19 vaccine, St. Joseph’s Allergy Clinic located at St. Joseph's Hospital is now providing vaccinations to eligible individuals. The Allergy Clinic will see patients by referral only who require consultation with a clinical allergist/immunologist as per Ministry of Health guidelines. For COVID 19 vaccination recommendations for special populations, including those with allergies, please refer to COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations for Special Populations. For additional information on allergy and COVID-19 vaccines please refer to Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology statement on COVID-19 vaccination
The Allergy and Immunology Program team at St. Joseph’s Hospital has more than 30 years of experience in clinical research in asthma, hay fever and urticaria, both in adults and children.
Please ask the nurse or doctor about participating in clinical trials if you are interested.
At St. Joseph’s, we are fortunate to have an onsite laboratory within Pharmacy Services to prepare customized allergy extracts. This is a unique feature of our clinic, and allows us to prepare materials just for you, both for diagnosis and for treatment.