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Patients with known or suspected food allergies are evaluated and treated by a team of providers including allergists, gastroenterologists, nutritionists and psychologists as appropriate. These related specialists are physically present to meet with patients at the Food Allergy Center (FAC), enabling patients and their parents to get their needs met in the most practical, coherent and efficient manner. We primarily focus on the diagnosis and treatment of:
Patient evaluation will involve detailed history and exam as well as testing procedures such as food challenges and both skin prick and patch skin testing when indicated.
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 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. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does: parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.
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Specialists at MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Food Allergy Center evaluate and treat children with food allergies and related conditions including:
A food allergy is an abnormal response of the body to a certain food.
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’s parents found her difficult to soothe. Not until her family uncovered severe food allergies was Grace able to thrive.
Until she came to Mass General's Food Allergy Center, Reese Robledo's allergies were so severe that she couldn't ride the school bus with other kids.
New recommendations from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) were recently released that help guide healthcare providers and families in feeding infants peanut products. Following these recommendations, with the guidance of healthcare professionals, may help decrease peanut allergy in infants that don't yet have it.
The landmark LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut) study demonstrated an amazing, yet challenging opportunity to decrease peanut allergy prevalence and stop a food allergy before it starts.
Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD, the chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and director of the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, responds to the results of a peanut oral immunotherapy with probiotics trial (PPOIT) study.
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.
MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Food Allergy Center experts share their surefire tips for ensuring families with food allergies experience a happy and healthy holiday season.
Dr. Shreffler was featured on "On Point" on May 1st. This segment discussed food allergies and research thereon
Traveling with children who have food allergies can be challenging, but with a little preparation, you don’t need to stay home.
The Food Allergy Center strives to answer why some people react to certain foods. Research provides hope for future treatment of patients with food allergies.
As both a pediatric allergy and pulmonary nurse and mother of children with food allergies, Lisa provides an insight into the emerging food allergy developments.
Shift the focus from holiday foods and plan memorable holiday activities for your children to enjoy this season that are safe and free from allergens.
In addition to practicing pediatric allergy/immunology at MGHfC and the Newton-Wellesley Hospital outpatient Pediatric Specialty Ambulatory Care Center, Dr. Iyengar conducts translational research on breast milk factors implicated in the development of allergic disease. As an Associate Investigator of the Harvard Clinical Nutrition Research Center (HCNRC) at MGH, she studies the role of breast milk in modulating gut mucosal responses in allergic disease.
Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD, division chief of Pediatric Allergy & Immunology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and director of the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, explains the differences between food challenges, which are established methods of care, and oral immunotherapy, which is still in research.
Read about summer camp and your food allergic child, allergy anxiety, new books for parents and more in the summer Pediatric Food Allergy Center newsletter
After-school activities can be difficult with a food allergic child. Rose Ann Miller talks about her own experience sending her food allergic child to summer camp. Learn about how she worked together with the Food Allergy Center to prepare herself, the camp and her child for this new life hurdle.
Nancy S. Rotter, PhD, a pediatric psychologist in the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, treats children who are impacted by medical illness and specializes in understanding the challenges of preparing allergic children for transitions at different developmental stages. Sarah Wolfgang talks about her own experience managing her day to day activities with her two allergic children.
Qian Yuan, MD, PhD, is a gastroenterologist and clinical director at the Food Allergy Center (FAC) at Massachusetts General Hospital. Before coming to Mass General, Dr. Yuan worked with renowned immunologist and allergist K. Frank Austen, MD, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he sparked an interest in Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EE or EoE). Read about the exciting research projects and advancements in EoE at the center.
Research at the Food Allergy Center including an oral immunotherapy study of peanut-allergic children, a study of older adolescents and adults with milk and peanut allergies, and plans for a new, multi-food study with Stanford University, and more.
The Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital has conducted more than 200 food challenges with a pass rate of about 70 percent. A food challenge is the most definitive procedure for testing whether someone can tolerate a specific food. Parents from the Food Allergy Center talk about their own experiences with food challenges.
The Food Allergy Center is currently enrolling peanut allergic children ages 7–21 years in an oral immunotherapy (OIT) study, which involves administering small doses of peanut powder, increased over time. Read about Deb Edmunds’ insiders experience with her daughter, Ashley Edmunds, who is currently enrolled.
The Food Allergy team at MassGeneral Hospital for Children answers common concerns about food allergies and school.
Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD, a pediatric allergist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and director of the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, answers questions about proposed changes to air travel regulations.
Read about three patients who have benefited from services at the Food Allergy Center.
With the hope of making a long-term impact in the field, The Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) has been established to diagnose and treat known and suspected cases of food allergies.
Tadgh Murray continues to clear social and medical hurdles with help from the Food Allergy Center.
Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD, a pediatric allergist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and director of the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, answers questions about the diagnosis and treatment of food allergies.
In Fall 2009, Massachusetts General Hospital established a comprehensive center for the treatment and study of food allergy and food-related disorders to provide state-of-the-art care while investigating the mysteries that underlie these inadequately understood and as yet incurable diseases.
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