Allergy and Immunology

At Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, a multidisciplinary team of specialists works together to meet the complex needs of our patients and their families.

We realize that allergies and immune system disorders can affect each person differently. Treatment plans are individualized to help achieve the best possible results for each patient. Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • Asthma
  • Acquired immunodeficiency
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Autoinflammatory disorders
  • Congenital infections
  • Food allergies (nuts, gluten, etc.)
  • Hives
  • Infections in immunocompromised individuals
  • Insect sting reactions
  • Mast cell disorders
  • Nasal allergies
  • Ocular allergies
  • Periodic fever syndrome
  • Primary immunodeficiency

The Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology offers a comprehensive range of services, including:

  • Allergen Immunotherapy 
  • Allergy testing
  • Consultation and ongoing care
  • Evaluation of fevers of unknown origin
  • Fully computerized allergy injections
  • Inpatient consultation
  • Investigational therapies
  • Pulmonary function testing

Immunodeficiency Treatment

Individuals with a primary immunodeficiency often are more susceptible to infections, have difficulty treating them and have more recurrences. Others have symptoms that affect the nervous system, heart or digestive system. Many of the diseases associated with primary immune deficiency can be diagnosed in infancy or childhood. Primary immune deficiencies are caused by inherited genetic mutations; while acquired or secondary immune deficiencies result from such outside factors as viruses or immune-suppressing drugs.

In addition to providing specialized medical care, the division offers patients and their families educational resources to help manage primary immune deficiency. Services include:

  • Genetic testing 
  • Infusion services for immune globulin intravenous (IGIV)
  • Investigational therapies

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