Allergy and Immunology

CHOC Specialists Allergy, Asthma and Immunology physicians provide comprehensive treatment based on prevention, intervention, education and self-management. Recognized for excellence by their peers and actively involved in clinical research, they offer the latest treatment options for patients of all ages with allergic or immunologic conditions. CHOC Specialists Allergy and Immunology physicians have special expertise in caring for the medically fragile and those who have not responded to conventional therapy.

Treatment modalities include pharmacotherapy, immunotherapy, dietary control and environmental allergen/irritant avoidance. Inpatient and outpatient services are available for children and adults experiencing conditions related to allergies, asthma and immune deficiencies, including:

  • Acute, chronic and severe asthma
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
  • Acute and chronic sinusitis
  • Complicated eczema and atopic dermatitis
  • Acute and chronic urticaria
  • Drug and food allergies
  • Stinging insect allergies
  • Cellular immune deficiencies
  • Antibody immune deficiencies

Early Intervention and Outpatient Management For Acute Asthma, CHOC Specialists Allergy, Asthma and Immunology physicians are committed to providing preventive care and early intervention for asthmatic patents. Managing severe asthma exacerbations in the office has been effective in reducing the number of emergency room visits, hospitalizations and days missed from school and work.

Cost-Effective Allergy Care Emphasizing Education and Prevention The Allergy evaluation begins with a medical history, diagnostic evaluation and environmental assessment. At the conclusion of the first appointment, each patient receives a detailed treatment plan, plus educational literature on altering the home environment to minimize exposure to allergens or irritants. This approach is thorough and cost effective. By providing education for patients and their families, CHOC Specialists Allergy, Asthma and Immunology physicians promote better understanding and management of the condition through the proper use of medications, environmental controls and other preventive measures to alleviate symptoms and minimize reactions.

Active Participants in the Latest Clinical Research CHOC Specialists Allergy

Asthma & Immunology physicians serve as principal investigators for many clinical research studies, providing patients with access to the newest treatment options available. Recent studies have included new medications for asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis and eczema.

Recognized within the community for excellence, CHOC Specialists Allergy, Asthma and Immunology physicians are board certified pediatric subspecialists, who have been practicing in Orange County for over 35 years. They provide medical directorship for the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology program at CHOC. As a community service, they report on daily mold and pollen counts to the Orange County Register.

CHOC Specialists Allergy, Asthma and Immunology physicians direct a summer camp for asthmatic children sponsored by the American Lung Association and participate in community education lectures and seminars.

Additionally, CHOC Children’s Allergy and Immunology Specialists are proud to be partner with the CHOC Children’s Gastroenterology Specialists to offer one of the only Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinics in Southern California. The multidisciplinary team of allergists, gastroenterologists and dietitians, work with children from infancy to age 18 to help diagnose and treat eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) using the very latest research-based treatments.

When a child is first diagnosed with EoE, it is an overwhelming experience. The clinic team provides the expertise and support needed to manage the patient’s health and wellbeing. The clinic meets every first and third Wednesday of the month. During the initial stages of care, patients may need to attend clinic every one to three months depending on the severity of the child’s symptoms. The EoE team also provides support services outside of the clinic through e-mail and phone calls. Once there is resolution of the EoE and the trigger is identified, we recommend yearly visits for follow-up.