Allergy and Immunology

Allergy and Immunology

Evaluation for Common Allergy Conditions

The most common allergies include pollen, dust, mold, animal dander, insect stings, latex, and certain foods and medications. Allergic reactions can be mild, such as coughing or a runny nose. In rare situations, the reaction can by life-threatening, called anaphylaxis, and deadly if not treated urgently and properly.

We offer evaluations for:

  • Anaphylaxis – allergic emergencies
  • Hay fever, allergic rhinitis (allergy to pollen, dust, mold, pet dander)
  • Chronic nasal congestion (non-allergic rhinitis)
  • Asthma
  • Chronic cough
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Eczema, atopic dermatitis
  • Food allergyEosinophilia and other gastrointestinal disordersDrug allergy, reactions
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Rhinosinusitis and nasal polyps
  • Hives, angioedema
  • Bee venom allergy
  • Latex allergy
  • Recurrent infections

Our team provides the following allergy testing and treatment options:

  • Allergy skin testing – inhalants, bee venom, penicillin
  • Allergy blood testing
  • Allergy patch testing – chemicals/metals/contactants
  • Allergy immunotherapy (allergy shots)
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Immune function testing
  • Immunobiologic treatments
  • Nucala (injection treatment for allergy maintenance for patients ages 12 and older)
  • Methachlorine (a breathing test for asthma)
  • Xolair (to treat asthma and chronic idiopathic urticaria)

Addressing Immune Deficiencies

A child with a primary immune deficiency has an immune system that does not work well. Primary immune deficiency usually is caused by a hereditary or genetic defect. The child will have a reduced ability to resist or fight an infectious disease.

We work closely with your child’s pediatrician, and otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, dermatologists and rheumatologists, to ensure the best outcome and care for your child.

Our team provides the following immune disorder treatment options:

  • Antibiotics
  • Bone marrow transplants (or cord blood transplants)
  • Gene therapy
  • Immunoglobulin replacement therapy (to boost your child’s antibody levels to strengthen the immune system)
For More Information

Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center
University Medical Center
30 Prospect Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601
551-996-2000

K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
1945 NJ-33 Neptune City, NJ 07753
732-776-3150

Frequently Asked Questions

Disorders of the immune system may result from a genetic abnormality (primary immune deficiency disorders or PIDD) or from infections such as HIV or treatments with medications that suppress the immune system (secondary immune deficiencies). Children or adolescents with immune deficiencies may have:

  • Recurrent, unusual or difficult-to treat infections
  • Poor growth or weight loss
  • Recurrent pneumonia, ear infections or sinusitis
  • Multiple courses of antibiotics or IV antibiotics necessary to clear infections
  • Recurrent deep abscesses of the organs or skin
  • A family history of PIDD
  • Swollen lymph glands or an enlarged spleen
  • Autoimmune disease

Children with any of these symptoms should be evaluated for an immune deficiency disorder.

Signs that your child may be suffering allergy symptoms include:

  • Chronic sinus infection
  • Heavy congestion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hay fever or other allergy symptoms for several months out of the year
  • Rash or skin irritation

Children with any of these symptoms should be evaluated for an immune deficiency disorder.

Our Doctors

Our specialist are available to treat your child's allergies,allergic reactions or disorders of the immune system.

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