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Specializes in Pediatric Allergy, Allergy & Immunology
2305 Camino Ramon; #225
San Ramon, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Lodewick's medical specialty is pediatric allergy and allergy & immunology. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). After completing medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Lodewick's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Lodewick's practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Pediatric Allergy, Allergy & Immunology
2305 Camino Ramon; #225
San Ramon, CA
 

Dr. Barbara Karpel's medical specialty is pediatric allergy and allergy & immunology. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Karpel attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Karpel is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network. She welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
2305 Camino Ramon; #225
San Ramon, CA
 

Dr. Shilpi Anand's area of specialization is allergy & immunology. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Anand takes. Dr. Anand graduated from Albany Medical College and then she performed her residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with John Muir Physician Network.

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Dr. Michael Norton Cowan, MD
Specializes in Other, Allergy & Immunology
2324 Santa Rosa Road; Suite 2
Pleasanton, CA
 

Dr. Michael Cowan, who practices in Pleasanton, CA, Burlingame, CA, and Daly City, CA, is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Seton Medical Center, and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Cowan is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He welcomes new patients.

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What is Allergy & Immunology?

A physician who specializes in allergies, asthma, and other disorders of the immune system is called an allergist-immunologist or simply an allergist. Allergic reactions can cause a huge number of symptoms in the body, and allergy-immunology specialists treat a wide variety of problems, including:
  • Allergies affecting the respiratory tract, such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever) or asthma.
  • Allergies affecting the skin, such as eczema, hives, welts, and allergic rashes.
  • Adverse reactions to substances such as foods, drugs and vaccines, or stinging insects.
  • Autoimmune diseases, where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues. Some examples are rheumatoid arthritis, where the immune system attacks the joints; celiac disease, where the lining of the small intestine is damaged; and Sjogren’s syndrome, where the glands producing tears and saliva are attacked.
  • Certain diseases of the immune system, such as antibody deficiencies, primary immunodeficiency disease, or in some cases, HIV.

During a visit to an allergist-immunologist, the physician may perform allergy testing to identify which substances are causing the allergic reactions. An important part of the care they provide is prevention education, where patients with allergies learn how to decrease their exposure to problematic substances and control their symptoms of allergic reaction. Allergists might prescribe medication, such as inhaled corticosteroids or beta agonists for asthma. They may also provide immunotherapy, where small amounts of the problem allergen are given via injection to the patient and the amount is increased slowly over time. The shots help the body get used to the allergen and train the immune system to react appropriately to it without causing problem symptoms.

Immune disorders can range from making patients uncomfortable to being life-threatening, and they are becoming more common. Allergy-Immunology is a quickly growing field.
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