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Department of allergology

Dr. Alfons Malet i Casajuana
allergology, paediatrics

About the department

The department of allergology at Teknon Medical Center Barcelona specializes in diagnosing and treating all allergic diseases. According to statistics, more than 15% of the population suffers from allergic diseases. The department's medical team is constantly developing its range of services to improve the quality of medical care. Scientific advances have enabled the department to use molecular biology to study in vitro allergic diseases and new therapeutic possibilities. Doctors widely use immunotherapy, which includes using medicinal extracts with the main determinants of allergens and the treatment of severe pathologies with anti-IgE molecules to eliminate chronic pathologies.

The medical team deals with the most common allergies, such as allergies to pollen, food, drugs, insects, and occupational allergies. In most cases, treatment takes place on an outpatient basis using conservative methods. Doctors also have exceptional experience in treating children and adolescents. Thanks to the friendly and caring medical staff, patients feel like they are in good hands in the department.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Rhinoconjunctivitis
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Food allergy
  • Drug allergy
  • Allergy to insects
  • Bee stings or Hives
  • Angioedema
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Occupational allergies

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis (including family history) 
  • Physical examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests 
  • Scarification skin test
  • The radioallergosorbent test (tests for the amount of specific IgE antibodies in the blood)
  • Prick test (checks for immediate allergic reactions)
  • ALEX test (rapidly and reliably test for up to 300 allergens)
  • Spirometry (to measure the lung functions)
  • Enzyme immunoassay

Treatment:

  • Antihistamines
  • Introduction of adrenaline (with anaphylactic shock)
  • Anti-inflammatory therapy
  • Inhaled bronchodilation
  • Administration of corticosteroids
  • Specific immunotherapy
  • Sublingual allergy vaccine
  • Desensitizing immunotherapy
  • Other treatment options 
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Doctor profile

Education

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. 1976
  • Medical Specialist in Allergology. 1984 (Hospital Universitàri Vall d'Hebron, Maternal and Child Clinic)
  • Medical Specialist in Paediatrics, 1980 (Hospital Universitàri Vall d'Hebron, Maternal and Child Clinic)
  • Diploma in Occupational Medicine, 1979 (School of Medicine of the University of Barcelona)
  • Medical Specialist in Occupational Medicine, 2005

Experience

  • Childcare Physician, 1980 (National School of Childcare)
  • Company Physician, 1979 (National School of Occupational Medicine)
  • Physician of the Spanish National Health System and the European Union, 1994 (Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs)
  • Medical Specialist in Pediatric Allergology, 2006 (European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)
  • Medical Director of Al·lergo Center since 1990

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Member of the “National Allergology Commission”, Ministry of Health (2005)
  • Head of the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Service of the Hospital de Nens de Barcelona, ​​​​since 1989
  • Former president of the Catalan Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 1996-2000
  • Award for professional excellence (2010) Col.legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona
  • Former vice-president of the Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona (1994-2006)
  • Former secretary of the Foundation of the Spanish Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 1999-2002
  • President of the Alergo Private Foundation since 2000
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