Acadia Allergy & Immunology
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What is a pediatric allergist/immunologist?
A pediatric allergist/immunologist is specially trained to treat your child who suffers from allergies or other problems related to their immune system or their ability to fight infections. If your child has allergies, his or her immune system reacts very differently to things that are usually harmless.
Pollen, dust, pet dander, mold, insect bites, food, and medications are some examples of things to which an allergic child may react very differently to. This reaction may cause bodily responses that can cause health problems such as asthma, hay fever, hives, eczema (a rash), or a very severe and unusual reaction called anaphylaxis.
If your child’s immune system is not working right, he/she may suffer from frequent, severe, and/or uncommon infections. Examples of such infections include pneumonia (infection of the lung), sinusitis (inflammation of one or more of the sinuses), thrush (a fungus infection in the mouth), and abscesses (collections of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue) that keep coming back.
What types of treatments do pediatric allergists-immunologists provide?
Pediatric allergists-immunologists generally provide treatment for the following:
• Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
• Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
• Hives (urticaria, welts)
• Severe reactions to foods, insect stings, and medications (anaphylaxis)
• Immune disorders that lead to the following:
– Frequent sinusitis, pneumonia, or diarrhea
– Thrush and abscesses that keep coming back
– Severe, unusual infections
Dr. John Pulcini and Dr. Charles Green are allergists/immunologists with Children's Hospital who are specially trained to treat your child's allergy/immunology needs. Ask your pediatrician if a pediatric allergist/immunologist is right for your child or contact Acadia Allergy & Immunology to answer your questions. They are eager to help!
Click here to read Dr. Pulcini's article about food allergies, how they are diagnosed, and possible treatment options.