DeVon Preston, MD | Cleveland Clinic Allergy and Clinical Immunology

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I do everything from seasonal allergies, food allergies, drug allergies, allergies to bee stings all the way up to primary immune deficiency. So people whose immune systems don’t work properly and have recurrent infections all the way down to some more weirder disorders that I’ve kind of been seen lately with people of kind of nondescript G.I. symptoms and trying to tease out whether food allergy is happening or is it something else that needs other intervention. Patients are miserable when it comes to seasonal allergies, your eyes are itching, your nose is running, you can’t breathe, you’re uncomfortable. So quality of life is very important, people want to be outside. This is a beautiful time of year in Cleveland, so really trying to help. I present all the data to my patient I let him know what interventions are most helpful. Some patients don’t want to use nasal sprays. I really try and talk them into that because I’m just trying to do what’s best for them. I lay all the options out upfront and together we choose, I’m not one of those doctors who’s just going to tell you what to do. I want to do what’s good for you and what I think will work for you. So that’s how I really try to attack the morbidity and quality of life of it. The field of allergy and immunology is very close to my heart, one because I have asthma, I have seasonal allergies, I have food allergies, I’m on allergy shots. I’ve also had three sinus surgeries, so I’ve lived a lot of what my patients are going through. So I feel like it helps them to have somebody who knows what they’re struggling through. So it kind of gives me an extra push just because I already know what’s going on. I feel it too and I can speak firsthand from the interventions that I’m going to try and use to help them.

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