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Johns Hopkins Bayview News - New Clinic Helps Clear the Way

Fall 2012

New Clinic Helps Clear the Way

By: Jessica McQuay
Date: September 3, 2012

Help for people with chronic sinusitis, allergies & asthma

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Winter is approaching, and with its arrival comes sniffles and sneezes. Yet, contrary to popular belief, these symptoms aren’t always the result of colds and flu. People with pollen allergies may find relief when the temperatures dip; however, for those with allergies triggered by things like mold and dust mites, winter can bring on sinus discomfort that is both irritating and painful, and can worsen the symptoms of asthma.

If you’ve been suffering with chronic sinus problems, accompanied by allergies and/or asthma, there’s help no matter the season. The Allergy-Otolaryngology Sinusitis Clinic is now open at Johns Hopkins Bayview. Led by Jean Kim, M.D., Ph.D., and Nikki Erekosima, M.D., MPH, the clinic provides comprehensive care to patients who have a history of sinus disease and allergies and/or asthma.

What’s unique about this clinic is that, in most cases, patients are seen by a specialist, sent for testing and diagnosed all in the same day. The clinic offers a full range of services, from nasal endoscopy to allergy skin testing.

“Many times, our patients suffer for years without relief. We want to identify the problem as soon as we can in order to start the most appropriate treatment,” says Dr. Kim.

Because chronic sinus problems often occur with other immune and respiratory disorders, Drs. Kim and Erekosima also can refer patients to an appropriate specialist, if needed.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 410-550-2368.