Allergies & Immunology
Your child's immune system is designed to fight infections. If your child has allergies, his or her immune system may react adversely to things that don't bother most other people. The most common substances that cause reactions are:
- Pet dander
- Mold spores
- Insect stings
Allergies can range from minor to severe and cause a variety of symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling or asthma. Anaphylaxis is a severe reaction that can be life-threatening. Our doctors use skin and blood tests to diagnose allergies. Treatments include medicines, allergy shots and avoiding substances that cause the reactions.
Children are not just small adults. They cannot always tell us what is bothering them; they cannot always answer medical questions. They are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a medical examination. Our pediatric allergists/immunologists are trained to examine and treat children in a way that helps them relax and cooperate so that we can identify the causes of these reactions in your child and offer ways to decrease symptoms so that your child can live a healthy life.
If your immune system is not working properly, you may suffer from frequent, severe and/or uncommon infections, such as:
- sinusitis - inflammation of one or more of the sinuses
- pneumonia - infection of the lung
- thrush - a fungus infection in the mouth
- abscesses that keep coming back - collections of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue
Our specialists work to diagnose and treat both pediatric and adult patients with immune deficiencies (primary immunodeficiency).