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Welcome to Allergy Partners of Arizona: We pride ourselves in taking the time to understand each patient's concerns and work effectively alongside our highly skilled support staff to make certain we provide the highest quality care available.


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Allergy Skin Testing:

When you are allergic, your body is reacting to a particular substance that should not normally bother you. These substances are called allergens. Typical allergens include pollens, dust mites, animal dander, foods, insect stings and even medicines. To determine which substances are triggering your symptoms, your allergist/immunologist will test your skin using tiny amounts of commonly troublesome allergens. Allergy testing is generally very safe and effective. Under the guidance of a trained Allergist-Immunologist, allergen skin test is considered the Gold Standard for the diagnosis of allergy.

Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots)

§ Allergy shots (also called subcutaneous immunotherapy, or SCIT) is one of the best treatments available for your allergies and asthma. It is one of the few disease-modifying therapies available in medicine and targets the underlying cause of various allergic conditions. SCIT offers the potential of improving asthma control, providing relief from allergy and sinus symptoms, and reducing the need for medicines in the future. In children, allergy shots are particularly helpful as they can reduce the risk of becoming more allergic or developing asthma later in life.

SLIT Therapy (Sublingual Drops)

Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), often called ‘allergy drops’, is an exciting alternative to traditional allergy shots. SLIT uses allergens administered in a liquid or tablet form under the tongue to achieve immune changes similar to that seen with allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy or SCIT).

Asthma Care:

Pulmonary Function: Lung function tests (also called pulmonary function tests, or PFTs) check how well your lungs work. The tests determine how much air your lungs can hold, how quickly you can move air in and out of your lungs, and how well your lungs put oxygen into and remove carbon dioxide from your blood. Spirometry is the first and most commonly performed lung function test. It measures how much and how quickly you can move air out of your lungs. For this test, you breathe into a mouthpiece attached to a recording device (spirometer). The information collected by the spirometer may be printed out on a chart called a spirogram.

Feno: While allergic airway inflammation is known to be the major underlying cause of asthma, there are few methods of measuring it. Patients with allergic airway inflammation generally have higher than normal levels of nitric oxide (NO) in their exhaled breath. By measuring the concentration of NO in an exhaled breath (fractional exhaled nitric oxide or FeNO), we can evaluate allergic airway inflammation in patients with underlying asthma.

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Dr. David Friedman

Dr. David J Friedman thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to practice allergy in the Tucson Sonoran desert. He is very familiar with the desert flora and local allergic landscape, as he spent the majority of his childhood in Arizona. He received his allergy fellowship training from Vanderbilt University after completing an internal medicine residency at St. Joe’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. He is a past president of the Arizona Allergy and Asthma Society and board certified in Allergy/Immunology. Prior to this training, Dr. Friedman received his M.D. from Creighton University in 2000. Dr. Friedman provides an experienced, proactive, and comprehensive approach to treating allergic disease in order to achieve the best possible medical outcomes. He encourages lifestyle modifications and harnessing the power of the immune system to heal disease.

Natalie Uden, FNP-C

Natalie grew up in Tucson and attended the University of Arizona for her undergraduate degree in nursing. She then received her Master’s degree from Grand Canyon University and is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She enjoys being able to care for patients through a collaborative patient-provider relationship. She takes the time to listen to each patient’s story and treats each patient as an individual in order to provide personalized care. Her experience has primarily been in Medical Oncology. She has personally had experience with Asthma and Allergies, and has been a patient of Allergy Partners of Arizona since 2011. She decided to join us at Allergy Partners of Arizona because of her personal experience and the desire to help others in similar situations. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and 2 dogs.

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