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Conditions Treated

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • Allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction to inhaled substances. There are two main types: seasonal allergic rhinitis and perennial allergic rhinitis. Symptoms may include sneezing, itchy eyes and hoarseness. 
  • Angioedema

    Angioedema is swelling under the skin, rather than on the skin as is the case with hives. Angioedema swelling typically occurs around the eyes and lips. Hereditary angioedema is a rare, inherited immune disorder that causes swelling, particularly in the face and throat.
  • Asthma is inflammation of the airways in your lungs.
  • Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a very common skin condition. It often starts with an itch. Scratching results in a rash — dry, red patches that in some people may bubble and ooze.
  • Autoimmune Disorders

    Autoimmune disorders are when a person’s immune system attacks healthy tissue and destroys it. Sometimes referred to as autoimmune diseases, these disorders include lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes carrying air to and from your lungs.
  • For people who have celiac disease, eating gluten causes the immune system to attack the lining of the small intestine. (Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.) The resulting damage can make it hard for the body to get enough nutrients from food.  
  • Contact dermatitis is irritation from something that touches your skin, causing it to become red, sore, itchy or swollen.
  • Adult and pediatric specialists at Rush treat conditions causing chronic cough, which lasts for weeks, affects quality of life and has many causes.
  • With food allergies, the body's immune system reacts to food as if it were a harmful substance, releasing chemicals that can cause hives, shortness of breath, tongue swelling and other symptoms.
  • Food sensitivities usually result from the digestive system’s reaction to enzymes or proteins in food. They are sometimes mistaken for food allergies.
  • Hives are itchy welts on skin that often arise from an allergic response to food or another substance.
  • Immunodeficiency Diseases

    Immunodeficiency disorders occur when the immune system, which protects the body from harmful invaders, is defective or missing. Immunodeficiency can be present at birth. It can also result from certain conditions and diseases (malnutrition, infections, cancer), and medicines (e.g., corticosteroids, chemotherapy) that weaken the immune system.
  • Nasal polyps are noncancerous growths that cause sinus congestion and are effectively treated by ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists at Rush University Medical Center.
  • Oral Allergy Syndrome

    Oral allergy syndrome is also called pollen allergy syndrome. People with this condition have allergic reactions to certain fruits and vegetables that contain proteins similar to those in allergenic trees and weeds.
  • A rash describes many different conditions that involve inflammation of the skin. Usually, a rash is not life-threatening, but it can be very uncomfortable especially if it is a chronic condition.
  • Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling of the sinuses, which are the hollow spaces in the bones of the face. It occurs when the nasal passages become swollen — usually due to a cold or respiratory allergies — and don’t allow the sinuses to drain the mucus they produce. Sinusitis is sometimes referred to as a sinus infection or rhinosinusitis.