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Center for Allergy and Immunology

Includes specialty programs: Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic

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Overview

We are specially trained to care for infants, children and teens with allergies, asthma and other diseases related to a dysfunction of the immune system. We conduct a variety of allergy tests and base your child's therapy on his or her medical history and lab results.

Specialized care.

Akron Children's Hospital Allergy and Immunology team uses a variety of allergy tests to help pinpoint a specific allergy, including skin tests, blood allergy tests (RAST and allergen-specific immunoglobulin E blood tests) and food challenges. 

If your child has a food allergy, our dietitian will help you outline a meal plan that ensures your child still receives the nutrients his growing body needs. They will also give you a list of foods to avoid and symptoms to look for in the event your child ingests a suspected food. 

Disorders we routinely see include hay fever, hives, food and drug allergies, contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, immune deficiencies, chronic sinusitis and nasal polyposis. 

Allergy patch testing.

In some individuals, exposure to certain metals, cosmetics, clothing or chemicals can cause contact dermatitis. 

We offer a special clinic for allergy patch testing to help identify the cause of an allergic skin reaction, so you can avoid exposure to the substance. We may also perform allergy patch testing before surgery with metal implants to ensure there are no potential metal allergies.

The most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis are:

  • Nickel, a metal often used in jewelry
  • Fragrances
  • Preservatives
  • Rubber
  • Hair dye
  • Various adhesives
  • Topical medications, such as antibiotic or steroid creams

Your child may benefit from allergy patch testing if he or she has:

  • Persistent eczema with a suspected contact allergy
  • Any chronic dermatitis, especially involving the hands, feet, face or eyelids

Individuals with eczema who work in high-risk jobs for contact dermatitis - such as healthcare workers, dental assistants, cosmetologists, machinists or rubber and plastics workers - may also benefit from allergy patch testing.

Locations/Contact Us

Contact Allergy and Immunology

330-543-0140

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Allergy & Immunology, Akron
130 W. Exchange St.
Akron, Ohio 44302
Fax: 330-543-5207
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Allergy & Immunology, North Canton
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, North Canton
Akron Children's Health Center
6076 Whipple Avenue Northwest
North Canton, Ohio 44720
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Allergy & Immunology, Mansfield
Akron Children's Hospital Allergy & Immunology, Mansfield
Akron Children's Health Center
1029 South Trimble Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44906
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Allergy & Immunology, Medina
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
3443 Medina Road
Door 2 (Suite 110)
Medina, Ohio 44256
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Allergy & Immunology, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Health Center
328 East Hines Hill Road
Boston Heights, Ohio 44236
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Brian Schroer
Brian Schroer, MD

Director, Allergy and Immunology; Pediatric Allergist/Immunologist

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Physicians/Providers:

Ravi Karnani, MD

Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist

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Rajeev Kishore, MD

Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist

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Jinzhu Li, MD

Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist

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Heather Minto, MD

Pediatric Allergist/Immunologist

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Leilanie Perez Ramirez, MD, MS

Allergist and Immunologist

Lisa Sammon, DO

Pediatric Allergist/Immunologist

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Erik White, MD

Allergist/Immunologist

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Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Mary George, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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