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The incidence of pediatric allergies and asthma is rising rapidly in the pediatric populations of New England. The Pediatric Allergy Group at MassGeneral Hospital for Children recognizes the needs of these patients and provides a comprehensive program for diagnosing and treating allergies and asthma.
We provide diagnosis and treatment for asthma as well as the full range of allergic conditions including:
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Our group provides first-class care for each patient. Diagnosis is achieved via history, physical examination, allergy skin testing and laboratory testing. Once patients are diagnosed, we control allergy via a combination of environment controls, drug therapy and allergy shots. Our team includes nurses with particular interest in food allergies and asthma. We consider parents and referring physicians to be full partners in the treatment of children and we provide comprehensive allergy education for patients and families.
Our allergists practice at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston and also at community locations including Newton-Wellesley Hospital, MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center in Salem, MA; Foxborough, MA, and Mass General Waltham.
At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child's diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment.
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Bronchitis is an inflammation of the breathing tubes (airways) that are called bronchi, which causes increased production of mucus and other changes.
Rhinitis is a reaction that occurs in the nose when airborne irritants (allergens) trigger the release of histamine. Histamine causes inflammation and fluid production in the fragile linings of nasal passages, sinuses, and eyelids.
Allergies are among the most common heath problems, with more than 50 million people afflicted with asthma, seasonal hay fever, or other allergy-related conditions each year.
Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the airways become sensitive to allergens (any substance that triggers an allergic reaction).
Approximately 6.5 million children have been diagnosed with asthma according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Asthma is one of the most common, serious, chronic diseases among children, accounting for 14 million absences from school each year.
Contact dermatitis is a physiological reaction that occurs after skin comes in contact with certain substances.
Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin. Dermatitis actually refers to a number of skin conditions that inflame the skin.
A food allergy is an abnormal response of the body to a certain food.
Some children and adults have an allergy or sensitivity to latex (rubber). Reactions can be seen when products made from latex come in contact with the person's skin, mucous membranes (like the mouth, genitals, bladder or rectum), or the bloodstream (during surgery).
Occupational asthma is a type of asthma caused by exposure to inhaled irritants in the workplace. Symptoms may disappear when the irritants that caused the asthma are avoided.
There are three native American plants that collectively may be called poison ivy: poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.
Rhinitis is a reaction that occurs in the eyes, nose and throat when airborne irritants (allergens) trigger the release of histamine.
Sinusitis is an infection of the sinuses near the nose. These infections usually occur after a cold or after an allergic inflammation.
Urticaria, or hives, is a condition in which red, itchy, and swollen areas appear on the skin - usually as an allergic reaction from eating certain foods or taking certain medicines.
Growing up, Zach Leitao sometimes felt left out from social gatherings because of his severe food allergies. This past winter and spring, Zach, 8, recently passed food challenges, which means three of his previous food allergies are no longer a concern. Now the Leitaos feel more confident and safe knowing that Zach's world is open to a whole new set of culinary possibilities.
As an infant, Grace Beecher suffered from acid reflux, bouts of eczema and strep throat, leaving her parents struggling to comfort her and desperate to find the cause of their daughter’s ailments.
Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD, the chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and director of the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, provides insight into new National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease recommendations and their potential implications for patient care.
Twenty-five years after their sons were diagnosed with leukemia, the Masserys and Donnellans remain close friends -- and the two young men are now long cancer free.
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MGHfC Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
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To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.
Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.
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