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WVMC Brings Allergy Specialist to McMinnville

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Sweet, JamesJames Sweet, MD

Board Certified Allergist-Immunologist

McMinnville, Oregon –Allergist-Immunologist James Sweet, MD has joined the medical staff at Willamette Valley Medical Center to address increasing community need for allergy care. With more than 20 years of experience as a board-certified allergist in both private practice and at a multi-specialty clinic, Dr. Sweet treats children and adults at Silver Falls Dermatology.

Silver Falls Dermatology Medical Director John Young, MD says adding an Allergy department to the dermatology practice makes good clinical sense. “Allergic reactions often manifest in the skin and are quickly recognized by our dermatologists as conditions that require specialized care,” says Dr. Young. It is a medical model that is growing in prevalence across the country, and the two specialties complement each other.

Allergy-Immunology is a sub-specialty of internal medicine or pediatrics and requires at least nine years of training. After completing medical school, a physician completes three years of training in internal medicine or pediatrics, then completes a two-year Fellowship in an allergy-immunology training program. Dr. Sweet is also a Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician.

A Board-Certified Allergist-Immunologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, asthma and immunological diseases. Allergies may affect many parts of the body and organ systems, including the skin, lungs, gastrointestinal system, nose, eyes, ears and sinuses. Through skin and blood testing, provocative challenges or therapeutic interventions, an Allergist-Immunologist can provide definitive diagnosis for allergic conditions and recommend treatment.

Allergy shots (immunotherapy) help one’s body get used to allergens – the things that trigger an allergic reaction. The shots contain tiny amounts of a specific allergen, and gradually increase over a period of time until the body becomes accustomed to it. Eventually symptoms will lessen and allergic reactions will decrease.

For those averse to shots, the FDA has approved a new sublingual method to deliver immunotherapy for grass and weed allergies. Sublingual immunotherapy works similarly to allergy shots, but in a pill form that is dissolved under the tongue.

A patient may be referred to an Allergist-Immunologist by a primary care provider; the allergist acts as an expert consultant to co-manage a number of diseases and conditions. These conditions include asthma, conjunctivitis, chronic cough, dermatitis, eczema, rhinitis and sinusitis. They also test and treat for adverse reactions to drugs, foods and insect stings.

“Patients can also self-refer for allergy care,” says Dr. Sweet. “A good rule of thumb is: If your allergies or asthma interfere with your daily life, you should see an allergist.”

A graduate of University of Minnesota, Dr. Sweet earned his medical degree at the University of South Dakota, and his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Hawaii. He is a Board Certified Internist and completed his Allergy and Immunology Fellowship at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California.

Dr. Sweet was in private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii for 18 years before joining Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana. He has published several articles in the field of allergy and immunology and joined Silver Falls Dermatology in June 2015

Dr. Sweet treats both children and adults and is accepting new patients in the McMinnville office.

Silver Falls Dermatology & Allergy was founded in 2006 by Medical Director John Young, MD and currently has eleven locations in Oregon and Washington.


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Silver Falls Dermatology

375 NE Norton Lane Suite A

McMinnville, OR


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