allergy and immunology

What are Allergies?

Allergies are atypical reactions by a person's immune system against a typically harmless substance, called an allergen. Almost anything can be an allergen or cause an allergic reaction, but the most common include:

  • Food such as eggs, wheat (gluten), soy, nuts, shellfish and dairy
  • Animal dander (often from dogs and cats)
  • Drugs and medications (commonly antibiotics)
  • Environmental allergens such as dust, mold
  • Seasonal allergens such as pollen and plants
  • Insect bites (often bee stings)
  • Latex (or other substances that come in contact with the skin)
  • Viruses and bacteria

Our allergy and immunology team provides comprehensive care and consultation for children with allergies. We are staffed by highly skilled and trained pediatric allergy specialists.


Specific allergy conditions treated:

  • Allergic and non-allergic rhinitis (allergic nasal symptoms, hay fever)
  • Chronic rhinitis
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Allergic and non-allergic asthma
  • Exercise-induced asthma
  • Vocal cord dysfunction
  • Chronic cough
  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
  • Food allergy
  • Drug allergy
  • Animal dander allergy
  • Insect venom allergy
  • Hives (acute and chronic urticaria)
  • Angioedema
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Exercise, food and drug challenges

Allergy Specialists for Any Condition

The allergy specialists at Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida are on the forefront of evaluating new methods of allergy testing and allergy treatment. We work to understand allergic and inflammatory reactions, and then seek new ways to safely regulate those responses.

At Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, we believe a multidisciplinary approach to allergy management is the best way to improve quality of life for our young patients. Our emergency and hospital services include a variety of pediatric subspecialists, strengthening to our ability to provide a full-spectrum of care.

Extensive diagnostic testing is available for both infants and older children, and an experienced staff of doctors, nurses, dieticians, social workers and child life therapists work together to evaluate and treat patients with allergies. Our team approach also incorporates family involvement and involves close collaboration with your child’s primary care provider.