About Dr. Krystyna Alimurka, M.D.

Dr. Alimurka has practiced in the Chattanooga area for more than 30 years providing comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for patients of all ages for allergies, asthma and immunological diseases. She welcomes patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Soddy-Daisy, Dayton, Signal Mountain, Redbank and neighboring locations.

How Did I get Here?

Growing up in rural Southern Ontario, I had little appreciation of the scope of allergic diseases. As hayfever is less common in rural areas, my plans were more lofty: to pursue a career in cancer research. However, this viewpoint changed due to a close relationship with two of my nephews. Over the next decade, my nephews developed severe hayfever. I further contributed to their misery by innocently providing them a beagle puppy and two, fat guinea pigs. It quickly became evident that they were allergic to them. At this point I decided to focus on allergic diseases.

Several other experiences in life impacted my desire to focus on allergic diseases. I had a college classmate who aspired to be an Olympic swimmer, yet was denied that chance because of her severe asthma. Her asthma and the debilitating effects of the asthma treatment destroyed her dreams. The breakthrough in research and new therapies for allergies and asthma occurred approximately 15 years later.

I had episodes of asthma myself. Apparently, I had “twitchy airways” from my childhood due to secondary cigarette smoke exposure.

A neighbor was diagnosed with “bird fancier’s lung disease” from prolonged exposure to the parrots she had kept in her home for many years. She passed away within six months of the diagnosis.

We all know that allergies impact the lives of many in our community. Improving the quality of life for someone is extremely gratifying to me, and I see that my patients’ quality of life has greatly improved. With treatment, they are now able to enjoy the outdoors, gardening, and any sport or exercise they choose. Ultimately, they are able to get back to enjoying life.

I love my chosen field of medicine because I make a positive difference in the life of my patients every day.

Dr. Alimurka attended The University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada where she obtained her Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical and Biological Sciences, followed by her M.D. Degree. She did her residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at The University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada as well. In addition, Dr. Alimurka did basic research in immunology for several years. In 1979 she moved to Chattanooga.

Dr. Alimurka is Board Certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Board Certified in Allergy and Immunology in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Currently, Dr. Alimurka is on staff at Memorial Hospital Chattanooga and Hixson.

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Patient Testimonials

45 Year Old With A History Of Asthma

A 45-year-old patient with a history of asthma and hay fever was using a variety of medications with little effect on her symptoms. The patient was highly allergic to pollens, cat and dog hair, dust mites and molds. After several months of allergy shots, she had remarkable improvement in both hay fever and asthma. She is now able to run in a 5k race and continues to improve.

Teacher With Hay Fever & Asthma

A teacher with hay fever and asthma was experiencing daytime fatigue, poor memory, difficulty sleeping, and itchy eyes after touching a friend’s dog. He had total nasal obstruction at night and awoke with a dry mouth from breathing. Upon further tests, allergies were confirmed for cat and dog hair, mites, molds and pollens. Allergy injections were started approximately four years ago and he is now able to enjoy walking outdoors one to two miles daily and tolerates the indoor dog at his friend’s home with no symptoms whatsoever.

A Six Year Old Child With A Family History Of Allergies

A Six-year-old child with a dry cough and nasal congestion has a family history of allergies. As a child, eczema was present until age three. Testing showed allergy to dogs, dust mites and cockroaches. This patient started allergy injections. Two years later, her mother reports she has had excellent improvement with no hay fever, cough or exercise limitations.

Mother Of Two With A History Of Asthma

A mother of two children had moderate to severe asthma and was allergic to most pollens, especially grass, and dust mites. She received treatment for asthma and hay fever, which initially required medication. Because of her family travels, she took sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) drops from 2009 to 2014. Presently, she has no asthma or allergy symptoms and has not been on medication for the past two years.

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