allergy & immunology

We can help you fight infections. Bon Secours Virginia’s immunologists can help you can deal with whatever comes your way. We know that the female immune system is sophisticated and delicate, and requires different care from that for males. Our specialists will work with you and your family to diagnose and treat your allergy or immune system concern. Plus, they’ll attend to your unique needs as a girl, adolescent or woman.

Immunologists address many conditions, including allergies, bacterial and viral infections, and autoimmune diseases. The latter occur when the body attacks its own organs or tissues. Women suffer from these conditions more often than men. The medical explanation for this is unclear. However, some data suggests that childbirth and sex hormones may play a role. Research contiunes.

Allergic reactions occur when the body senses a foreign substance -- an antigen -- and the immune system is triggered. Many women manage allergies by simply avoiding food, drink, or pollutants that spur them. Common allergens are shellfish, milk, soy, peanuts, and certain plants and dust particles. Over-the-counter or prescription medicines may be needed, if avoidance is ineffective or impossible.  Living a healthy lifestyle can help, too, especially during pregnancy and nursing.  You can do many things to safeguard your health and your family’s. However, some immune conditions occur regardless of your efforts. So, don’t blame yourself. Our specialists will be delighted to discuss these and other issues with you.

Women are more prone to some autoimmune diseases. That’s why we screen for and treat:

  • Osteoporosis, bone density thinning
  • Multiple sclerosis, where the immune system attacks the myelin sheath covering  the nerves
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, where the immune system attacks joint tissue

When an autoimmune disease is caught early, treatment can change a woman’s life for the better. Family history may play a role in some conditions. So, we may encourage genetic testing and/or family discussions.

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