Pediatric Allergy

A pediatric allergist provides expertise in the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of allergic conditions including; asthma, rhinitis, anaphylaxis, atopic dermatitis, urticaria/angioedema and gastrointestinal allergic disorders. The allergy specialist also evaluates children with recurrent infections who may have an immune deficiency condition. The specialty deals with an immune system that is working excessively or perhaps not at all- allergy or immune deficiency.

Our evaluations for these conditions include an extensive review of your child’s medical history, leading to the selection of specific allergy diagnostic tests. Allergy testing includes skin testing for pollen, mold spores, animal dander, insect debris, food, drug, and the stinging insects. Our allergy program also utilizes highly specialized laboratory tests to assist in the diagnosis of allergy or immune dysfunction.

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways that affects an estimated 300 million people worldwide. Asthma is one of the most common chronic medical conditions affecting children. This condition can affect school attendance, parents work attendance, and overall child and family quality of life. It is important to make the diagnosis of asthma and to help sort out what may be involved with triggering asthma flares. The allergy approach to asthma utilizes the commonly available medications, monitoring, and education. We also offer help in allergen avoidance and therapies directed at changing the immune response involved with asthma.

Food Allergy
Foods can cause a number of adverse reactions, and these can be categorized into food allergy and food intolerance. We can make a differential diagnosis based on your child’s medical history, a physical examination and testing. We also perform food challenges to make a definitive diagnosis.

Medication/Vaccination Program
Though rare, children may have an allergic reaction to medication or a vaccination. There are a number of ways that drug allergy can present, and the type of an allergic reaction is classified on how the reaction occurs. Our allergists can make a clinical diagnosis after discussing your child’s medical history and performing a physical exam. It is important to confirm a drug allergy because this will affect the medications that can be given to your child and may necessitate a desensitization procedure.

Respiratory Tract Allergy
Allergy frequently affects the respiratory tract, and this problem may be even more common in children. We offer evaluations for children with asthma, nasal symptoms, sinus disease, and ear infections. We use a state-of-the-art pulmonary function laboratory skilled in working with children. If your child is diagnosed with respiratory tract allergy, we will provide guidance in managing the condition to you and your child. Effectively managing respiratory tract allergy may involve environmental control, medications, and immune therapies.

Treatment of Immunodeficiency Conditions
Our allergy program also includes expertise in clinical immunology. Children with recurrent infections may have an immune dysfunction. Our allergists’ training in clinical immunology helps in those preliminary steps of looking at the functioning of the immune system. These evaluations help guide your family to the next level of care, if a deficiency is discovered.

Multi-Disciplinary Clinics 
Pediatric allergy also participates in two multi-disciplinary clinics; the Atopic Dermatitis Signature Center and the Eosinophilic Esophagitis Specialty Center.

The Atopic Dermatitis Signature Center involves a dermatologist, and allergist, a nutritionist, and an educator. We invited patients who have had difficult to treat atopic dermatitis to the Signature Center Clinic. To learn more about atopic dermatitis.

The Eosinophilic Esophagitis Specialty Clinic involves a gastroenterologist, an allergist, a nutritionist, and an educator. Children with an established diagnosis and management problems are seen in this multi-specialty clinic.