Jose L. Villagomez, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Sana Medical Group

Jose L. Villagomez, MD

Primary Care Physician & General Practitioner located in Culver City, Los Angeles, CA

Allergies Specialist

Dr. Villagomez uses advanced testing and diagnostic methods to help Culver City, Los Angeles, CA, patients understand the causes of their allergic reactions, working with each patient to develop treatment plans aimed at providing relief from symptoms so they can lead healthy, active lives.

Allergies Q & A

by Jose L. Villagomez, MD

What causes allergies?

Allergies occur when the body's immune system reacts abnormally to a substance or “trigger” such as pollen, mold, smoke or pet dander. In people who are allergic, the immune system recognizes certain substances like pollen or dander as harmful invaders, releasing agents to fight off the invader and causing a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms. Allergic effects can occur anywhere in the body, but they occur most commonly in the lungs and airways, eyes, skin and stomach.

What symptoms can allergies cause?

Allergies can cause a wide array of symptoms, including:

  • sneezing
  • wheezing
  • itchy, watery eyes
  • runny nose
  • congestion
  • coughing
  • itchy throat
  • fatigue
  • rash or hives
  • itchy skin
  • difficulty breathing

In rare cases, an allergic reaction can cause a life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis, which in turn can cause seizures, serious breathing problems and even death. People with serious allergies often carry a drug called epinephrine which can be quickly injected at the first sign of a reaction or when a triggering event such as a bee sting occurs.

How are allergies diagnosed?

Diagnosis begins with a thorough health history including a recounting of any and all symptoms you've experienced. This information can help Dr. Villagomez identify potential triggers or allergens that cause you to have symptoms. Skin tests and blood tests can also help confirm the presence of specific allergies so treatment can be customized.

How are allergies treated?

The best way to control allergic reactions is to do all you can to avoid allergens. When that isn't possible, some allergies can be managed with over-the-counter medications to control your body's immune response and reduce symptoms. Other allergies may require prescription medication or allergy shots.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Sana Medical accepts all PPO Insurance available in California and will continue to accept Medicare/Medi-Cal and Medicare only patients.

Public Insurance:
Medicare Only
Medicare / Medi-Cal

We currently accept HMO insurances with patients in Medicare Advantage, HMO Medi-Cal, HMO Commercial Plans. Be aware that some insurance products may not be offered in all HMO plans so you must verify prior to adding a particular HMO IPA. For example Anthem HMO commercial plan may be offered but exclude its Senior Secure Plan in the same IPA.

We accept the following HMO IPA Medical Groups:

IPA Medical Groups:

  • Angeles IPA
  • Cal Care IPA
  • Community Family Care IPA
  • EHS Employee Health Systems IPA
  • Exceptional Care Greater Los Angeles IPA
  • Global Care Medical Group IPA
  • Premier Physicians Network IPA
  • Primary Care Associates IPA
  • Prospect Health Source IPA
  • Regal Medical Group IPA
  • St. Vincent IPA

Please be aware that at any given time some IPA’s may cancel and or add insurances at will and the information above can be incorrect but we try to provide the most up to date information as of August 2013.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Assurant Health
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California
Care1st
Cigna
Health Net
Humana
Medicare
Molina Healthcare
UnitedHealthcare
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr. Villagomez is a great doctor with great bed side manners. He took his time, wasn't in a hurry, and was very thorough in asking questions and making a diagnosis."

    Perry K.
  • Yelp

    "I've been seeing Dr. Villagomez for about 6 years now and he's great! The experience is very personable and never feels rushed which is extremely important."

    Liz J.
  • Patient Fusion

    "The customer service that I received in the last two visits have been phenomenal. Dr. Villagomez is awesome and so is his staff."

    Verified Patient
  • Patient Fusion

    "Dr. Villagomez was very thorough and informative in diagnosing my situation. It's an a pleasure to have him as my primary physician."

    Verified Patient
Location
Sana Medical Group
12099 West Washington Boulevard, 400
Culver City

Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: 310-504-1349
Fax: 310-398-5189
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310-504-1349