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Allergy's mysteries to be subject of free talk

The mysteries that swirl around the subject of allergies will be the focus of a free public talk at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2015.

David Swender, D.O., will speak that evening in the classroom in the Ricketson Medical Building, 103 E. Mansion St. Swender said his talk’s title will be “Is It Allergies … or Not?”

“People with allergy symptoms should not suffer needlessly,” Swender said. “A specialist trained in allergy and immunology can begin to identify specific allergy triggers, modify exposures to those allergens and begin treatment to control or reduce your symptoms.”

Swender plans to discuss a variety of allergies, their symptoms and various forms of treatment.

The presentation is being prepared as part of activities being planned during May, which is National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month.

Light refreshments will be served. Registration for the event is recommended. To RSVP, call (269) 789-8291.

Swender is a 1996 graduate of Marshall High School who – after more than a decade of medical study and training – returned to his hometown in August 2012 as an osteopathic physician at Oaklawn Hospital and now practices his specialty as an allergist and immunologist.

Swender completed a fellowship in allergy/immunology at University Hospitals/Richmond Medical Center in Cleveland as well as three years of pediatric residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was chief resident.

Swender’s practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of allergic and immunologic conditions, including allergies, asthma, food allergies and immunodeficiency.

Swender is a member of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, the American Association of Immunologists, the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians and the American Osteopathic Association, and is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He also is a prolific contributor to peer-reviewed journals, having written and co-authored several articles and abstracts related to his specialty.