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pediatric allergy and immunology 

Dayton Children’s pediatric allergy and immunology treats and manages a wide range of allergic diseases, including food allergy, asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), stinging insect allergy, drug allergy and urticaria as well as immune deficiency disorders. Allergies are a major cause of childhood illness and account for the loss of an estimated 2 million schooldays per year. Our pediatric experts personalize each child’s care plan according to his or her needs, and work with parents and caregivers to help them manage the condition. When you make an appointment with our allergy specialists we do our best to see you as quickly as possible, usually within a week of your call.

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important: Please schedule your appointment at least 4 days out to allow time for pausing any medication that may affect your visit. For the full list of medications that should be discontinued click here.

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Over 90 percent of our patient families would recommend our allergy and immunology office and doctors to others!  

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The allergy and immunology department welcomes phone calls to 937- 641-5130 during our normal business hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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David Morris, MD, Division Chief

allergy / immunology
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Harpinder Kalra, MD

allergy / immunology
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conditions we treat:

allergic rhinitis (*hay fever)

Some of the most common airborne allergies include dust mites, pollen, molds, and pet causing sneezing, itchy nose and coughing. Some airborne allergies are seasonal other maybe be environmental.

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food allergies and sensitivities

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology estimates that up to 2 million, or 8%, of kids in the United States are affected by food allergies, and that eight foods account for most of those: cow's milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat.

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atopic dermatitis

The term eczema refers to a number of different skin conditions in which the skin is red and irritated and sometimes has small, fluid-filled bumps that become moist and ooze. The most common cause of eczema is atopic dermatitis (sometimes called infantile eczema), which affects older kids as well as infants.

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Kids with severe allergies can be at risk for a sudden, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. This reaction can be frightening — a child may feel like his or her throat is closing or might faint, for example. But the good news is that when treated properly, anaphylaxis can be managed.

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insect stings

For most kids, being stung by an insect means swelling, redness, and itching at the site of the bite. But for those with insect venom allergy, an insect sting can cause more severe symptoms.

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medicine allergies

Antibiotics (used to treat infections) are the most common types of medicines that cause allergic reactions. Many other medicines, prescription and over-the-counter, also can cause allergic reactions. If your child reacts to a medicine, talk to your doctor before assuming the reaction is a sign of allergy.

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hives (urticaria)

Has your child broken out in welts? It could be a case of the hives. Learn how to soothe itchy bumps and help your child feel better.

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The term eczema refers to a number of different skin conditions in which the skin is red and irritated and sometimes has small, fluid-filled bumps that become moist and ooze.

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allergic asthma

Kids with allergies (especially allergies that affect the nose and eyes) are more likely to have asthma than those who don't. The same goes for kids who have a family history of allergies or asthma — they're more likely to develop one or both conditions.

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expanding allergy & immunology

Dayton Children's expands the allergy and immunology division with two specialists and two locations.

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