Allergies can develop throughout a person’s life. Our goal is to help you identify allergies as your child grows, so you can know what foods, materials or environmental factors might be harmful. We specialize in serving children under 18 years, though we can continue serving your child through college if he or she is an existing patient.
Some of the conditions we regularly diagnose and treat include:
- Hives (urticaria)
- Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
- Food allergies or hypersensitivities
- Seasonal allergies, including hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
- Allergic reactions caused by medications
- Asthma and allergy-induced asthma
- Chronic sinus infections (sinusitis)
- Persistent or acute swelling in the face or limbs (angioedema)
- A weakened immune system (immunodeficiency)
- High counts of a certain type of white blood cell in your small intestine or stomach (eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease)
- Unusually high amount of mast cells in your skin (cutaneous mastocytosis)
- Severe allergic reactions, including airways that suddenly become narrowed (anaphylaxis)
We have experience performing a number of diagnostic tests, including:
- Skin testing
During a visit to our office, one of our nurses will put dots on your child’s arm using a marker and then place small amounts of potential allergens next to each dot. The nurse will then observe the areas to see if any irritation occurs. The purpose of this test is to determine whether your child is allergic to substances such as pollen and mold.
- Patch testing
This test requires one or more patches to be applied to your child’s skin, and each patch will contain small amount of a potential allergen such as rubber or soap. Once a nurse applies the patches, you’ll be asked to keep them on your child’s skin for several days before returning for another visit. At that time, a nurse will remove the patches and examine your child’s skin to check for reactions.
- Lung function testing
These tests use a machine called a spirometer to measure your child’s lung capacity. Your child may be asked to breathe into a tube attached to the spirometer, and the machine will measure how much air your child inhales and exhales.