Conditions & Treatments
At Mount Sinai, we diagnose, treat, and manage all types of allergies. These range from hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and asthma to food and medication allergies. Our work in research and treatment of food allergy is recognized worldwide. We also care for children and adults with symptoms that suggest an immune deficiency disorder.
Allergies can cause all sorts of symptoms, such as a runny nose and sneezing; coughing and wheezing; redness and rashes; and nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Some allergies cause throat swelling, a drop in blood pressure, and can even (in the case of anaphylaxis) be life-threatening.
Some of the most common types of allergic conditions your child might experience are asthma, hay fever, eczema (atopic dermatitis), drug allergy, hives, insect sting allergy, severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), and immune system problems.
During your child’s initial visit, you will meet with the Mount Sinai doctor and associates to discuss your child’s medical history, and the doctor will examine your child. Based on that information and what we find, we may determine the need to perform allergy tests. We will explain any tests in detail before we perform them. It may take a few visits for us to confirm the diagnosis.
Once we have made the diagnosis, we will discuss your child’s treatment options and recommend medication. This may also take several visits. We emphasize education about the conditions and treatment options and may provide written and videotaped instructions for you, and when appropriate, for your child to understand. We may also refer you for additional pediatric services.