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Pediatric Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

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When it comes to allergies, asthma and conditions related to the immune system in children, at Jefferson you have access to the highly trained and experienced pediatric allergy, asthma and immunology team from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children at our Center City Philadelphia office.

Nemours pediatric allergists and immunologists diagnose and treat asthma and all types of allergies in children, from hay fever to food allergies, and are experts at diagnosing and treating pediatric immune system conditions.

At your child's first visit, the team will perform a complete exam and ask about symptoms, severity and timing. We'll discuss possible testing and your child's diagnosis, and will work to provide a long-term management plan tailored to your child's allergy, asthma or immunology needs.

Common Pediatric Allergy and Immune System Conditions

Some of the reasons families like yours often come to us include:

  • Allergies affecting the nose and eyes
  • Allergies affecting the stomach and intestines
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma
  • Drug reactions
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Eczema (an itchy rash, also called atopic dermatitis)
  • Food reactions
  • Hives and angioedema
  • Immunodeficiencies
  • Recurrent cold-like symptoms
  • Recurrent infections
  • Stinging insect allergy
  • Wheezing

Diagnosing Asthma, Allergies and Immune System Conditions in Children

Some types of testing may be ordered or performed at the initial visit, while other tests may need to be completed during a follow-up visit. Some of the procedures that might be indicated for your child include:

  • Skin testing (to test the skin's response to an allergen)
  • Patch testing (to test the skin's reaction from applying adhesive patches that contain a potential allergen)
  • Breathing tests
  • Imaging studies
  • Tests for drug allergies
  • Food or drug challenges (to test your child's reaction to a certain food or drug)
  • Blood tests that evaluate the overall function of the immune system