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Allergy symptoms vary widely from patient to patient, and so does the treatment that is available for those symptoms. We treat a variety of allergy conditions, including hay fever, asthma, food and medication allergies, eczema and more.

Our Commitment to Racial Justice and the Community.

On behalf of the Department of Medicine

We rise in solidarity with all members of our community who are grieving and fighting against social injustice and structural racism. We want you to know that we are here for you and your families. We will support the cause of racial justice and are also well aware that inequality leads to poorer health care outcomes.

We recognize the strain on our community both emotionally and physically. We continue to provide the best medical care for you. We also understand the fear, mistrust and difficulties you may experience while navigating your healthcare needs, and will work to eliminate these barriers. We are committed to providing safe, accessible, and unbiased healthcare for all who are in need or desire it and we will partner with our community to learn how best to address inequities in effective and meaningful ways. We are here to care for you and share in your wellness. We encourage you to call us with any concerns as well as thoughts on how we can move forward in this necessary journey together. We are here with you, for life.

About your visit

At your first visit to our clinic, we will ask questions, measure vital signs, and perform tests that will help us determine the best care plan for your unique situation.

We will ask you many questions about your past medical history, about your symptoms, and about your possible exposure to allergy triggers. You can help us by bringing in any medications you currently take, and any documentation you may have regarding past allergy care.

Prior to your clinic visit, please fill out the Allergy Questionnaire.

Allergy Skin Testing

Your doctor may order allergy skin testing to determine what trigger is causing your symptoms. Prick Skin testing involves introducing a small amount of a purified protein extract through your skin with a gentle poke. If you are allergic to that particular antigen, you will have a reddened reaction at the area of the poke. Prick Skin testing takes about 15 to 20 minutes, and your doctor will review the results with you immediately after the tests. If your doctor orders prick skin testing, your entire clinic visit will take about 90 minutes.


Some medications can interfere with the results of your skin testing and must be stopped days before your appointment testing can be effectively performed. Please read below the list of medications to stop before your appointment. Also, please check with your doctor, or with one of our clinic staff members, if you have concerns about stopping your medications for the desired period of time. If you find your symptoms make it very difficult to discontinue your antihistamine medications, please keep your appointment, but notify our staff that you are currently taking an antihistamine staff.

Allergy resources

Asthma and allergies can really put the brakes being active outside. But by planning ahead and knowing the danger signs, you can still have a great time and stay safe outdoors.

Signs of asthma

These could all be symptoms of asthma, and if you notice them, see your doctor.

  • Wheezing
  • Chest pulling in a lot
  • Chronic cough
  • Trouble breathing at night

Staying active with allergies

Staying active is important, even if you have asthma. It's safe to be active and play outside. You just need to control your asthma. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Use your rescue inhaler before you play or exercise
  • Take your rescue inhaler with you in case you have an asthma attack
  • Avoid campfire smoke and second hand smoke
  • Listen for air quality alerts on the news, and, on those days, play inside
  • Allergies can also be a trigger

Find out what causes your allergies. Do you notice it in the spring or in the fall? Do you notice them when you are outside or inside among dust and dander? Once you know you have allergies, you can use an over-the-counter antihistamine or allergy pill. You can also use salt water to rinse out your nose and sinuses.

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Hennepin Healthcare Resources

  • Asthma Resources – This page includes several videos about managing asthma symptoms, as well as downloadable information.
  • Recursos para el asma – Aquí le presentamos recursos que le ayudarán a aprender a controlar su asma.

Online Resources

Healthy Matters | WCCO

Ask the MD

Dr. John Sweet is in for Dr. Hilden. Today's show topic is allergies.

Hospital-based care

This is a hospital-based clinic owned by Hennepin Healthcare. Many insurance plans pay for health care services provided in a hospital-based clinic differently than those provided in a doctor’s office. Your insurance may require that you meet your annual deductible and/or require that you pay a percentage of the bill rather than just an office visit co-payment. You should check with your insurance company if you have any questions. Read the Frequently asked questions about hospital-based clinics to learn more.

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