Food Allergy Center
The Food Allergy Center, part of the Allergy and Immunology Division at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, serves patients with multiple, severe or unusual food allergies, atopic dermatitis triggered by foods, and other food associated disorders. The Center is also a resource for patients with allergies to common foods including milk, eggs, wheat and peanuts. We encourage physicians to reach out to us for a one-time consultation or ongoing support.
Conditions we treat
Our six board-certified physicians see approximately 1,500 patients annually, including children, teens and young adults. Conditions we treat include:
- IgE-mediated food allergies that can cause anaphylactic reactions
- Non IgE-mediated food allergies, including gastrointestinal disorders such as eosinophilic esophagitis, and food protein induced enterocolitis syndrome
- Food antigen–associated diseases, including celiac disease and atopic dermatitis
We also specialize in helping to prevent peanut allergies. Infants with eczema or an egg allergy, both of which may indicate a risk for developing a peanut allergy, should be brought in for a consultation to explore the possibility of careful, early introduction to peanuts, which may help prevent a future peanut allergy.
What to expect
At the initial appointment, your child’s doctor will take a comprehensive medical history and perform a physical exam followed by skin and/or blood tests to pinpoint the cause of the allergy. Then we can develop a treatment plan that works for you and your family and provide information about modified diets. Depending on your child’s unique needs, we may refer you to a nutritionist, gastroenterologist, dermatologist or other specialist who can provide additional support, such as identifying appropriate food substitutes. We maintain open communication with your referring physician, so they are aware of the diagnosis and the treatment plan. We work with them to help their patients manage food allergies in a collaborative, multidisciplinary and comprehensive way.
Dedication to research
Our Center participates in clinical research trials, including an ongoing study on oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy. We are a part of the Food Allergy Research and Education Clinical Network and a national Center of Excellence. We can coordinate care with other Centers of Excellence and seamlessly provide care that is based on current practice guidelines.
The Rodolitz Center is the basic research component of the Food Allergy Center, which includes a basic science component at the Feinstein Institute. We are currently studying the effect of the microbiome on food sensitivity and on eosinophilic esophagitis.