The providers with Norton Children’s Allergy & Immunology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, evaluate, diagnose and treat all allergy and immunology conditions, including:
We treat common allergy symptoms, including:
According to Food Allergy Research & Education, one in every 13 children has a food allergy. Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to an emergency room. Food allergies can be life-threatening, especially in children. Suspected food allergies should be evaluated, diagnosed and treated by a board-certified allergist.
Testing for a food allergy will include a thorough family and medical history and may include:
Testing is crucial, although it is not perfect. A positive skin or blood test may not mean the child is definitively allergic to a certain food. Oral food challenges must be done under the supervision of an allergist to get a concrete diagnosis. Our allergists perform food challenges to give children and families definitive answers on which foods to avoid, as well as lifestyle changes and treatment options. We also connect patients and families living with food allergies to a registered dietitian.
Allergy shots, also called immunotherapy, help increase the body’s tolerance to allergens after exposure. The body responds to the injected allergen (given in gradually increasing doses), building up resistance and tolerance over time. Allergy shots can lead to fewer or no allergy symptoms when the child is around triggers. Other immunotherapy benefits may include:
Our allergists can complete a thorough series of allergy tests to determine whether allergy shots can benefit your child.
While the term “drug allergy” or “medicine allergy” often is used, the majority of reactions people experience due to medications are “adverse reactions to drugs.”
Actual drug allergies are rare and caused by the body’s immune system. In a true drug allergy, the body’s immune system makes antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These IgE antibodies react with the drug and cause allergy symptoms.
Our board-certified allergists can determine if your child has a drug allergy. Common drugs that may cause allergies include:
Common drug allergy tests include: