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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
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Akron
130 West Exchange Street
Akron, Ohio 44302
Fax: 330-543-5207
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Allergy & Immunology, Beachwood
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Beachwood
3733 Park East Drive
Suite 230
Beachwood, Ohio 44122
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Allergy & Immunology, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Boardman
Building A
6505 Market Street
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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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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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 Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Medina
Akron Children's Health Center
3443 Medina Road
Door 2 (Suite 110)
Medina, Ohio 44256
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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, Wooster
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Allergy & Imunology, Wooster
Akron Children's Health Center
3807 Friendsville Road
Wooster, Ohio 44691
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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

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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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What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Limiting the Number of Caregivers and Face Covering

The number of caregivers permitted to accompany a child to an appointment is dependent on the department you are visiting. Everyone visiting an Akron Children's facility is asked to wear masks or face coverings, except for kids under 2 or those with sensory issues. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.