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Dr. Wagner Joins Allergy Department

After 31 years in private practice, Salem Allergist-Immunologist Charles Wagner, MD has joined our team at Silver Falls Dermatology & Allergy. He joins James Sweet, MD who launched the allergy department earlier this year. Together, they will offer allergy and immunology services in Salem, Corvallis and McMinnville.

Dr. Wagner will see patients at our Salem office, just a few blocks from his current location. “Joining Silver Falls Dermatology & Allergy is an exciting opportunity for me personally, as well as a clinician,” says Dr. Wagner. “My patients will benefit from the expertise of a growing allergy department and I will be able to focus all my energy on the business of patient care.”

Medical Director John Young, MD says adding an Allergy department to the practice makes good clinical sense. It is a medical model that is growing in prevalence across the country, and the two specialties complement each other. The Willamette Valley is notoriously troublesome for allergy-sufferers, and the services of board certified allergist-immunologists are in great demand. “We are thrilled to have such a well-regarded local physician join our practice,” says Dr. Young. “We look forward to welcoming Dr. Wagner and his patients into the Silver Falls family.”

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. In addition to being Board-Certified Allergist-Immunologists, Dr. Wagner is a Board Certified Pediatrician, and Dr. Sweet is 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.

A graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Wagner earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical School, and his Pediatric Medicine residency at Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego. He is a Board Certified Pediatrician and completed his Allergy and Immunology Fellowship at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. He served in the US Naval Medical Corps and is Commander, M.C. Naval Reserve, Retired.

Dr. Wagner has been in private practice in Salem for 31 years and says he looks forward to caring for his existing patients in this new environment. “Happily, many of my staff members will be making the move with me so patients will see familiar faces,” adds Dr. Wagner.

Dr. Wagner will begin seeing patients at the new location on Sep. 2.

For more information, visit or call 1-866-599-DERM. Silver Falls Dermatology & Allergy is located at 1793 13th Street SE in Salem.

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