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Allergy / Immunology

Allergy and Immunology can help you manage recurrent infections, immune deficiencies, and hypersensitive or immune system reactions to specific substances.

Ask us about allergy screening and vaccinations. We offer extensive testing for suspected allergies, and we focus on allergy treatment for all aspects of the immune system.

Some of the common conditions for which we offer allergy treatment include but are not limited to:

  • Asthma
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Food allergies
  • Allergic skin conditions

What are Allergies?

Allergies are a reaction of the body’s immune system to normally harmless substances. The allergy-causing substances are called allergens.

Your immune system is your body’s natural defense against infection and other foreign material. Before you can have a reaction to a particular substance, your immune system must first be sensitized to it. This means your body has been exposed to the substance at least once before. Once sensitized, your body will react every time you have contact with that substance. Although many substances can cause an allergic reaction, the most common are:

  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Animal dander
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Latex
  • Certain medicines
  • Insect stings
  • Foods

Allergens can cause different kinds of allergic reactions. The most common allergic conditions are hay fever, asthma, skin allergies, and eczema. Airborne allergens such as mold and the pollen of trees, grasses, and weeds cause hay fever.

Pollens, molds, house dust, animal dander, and medicines also can trigger asthma attacks.

Allergic reactions of the skin can have many possible causes. Examples of irritants that can cause allergic reactions when they touch your skin are products for hair or skin care, nickel in jewelry and belt buckles, dyes in leather or fabric, and poison ivy or poison oak.

Eczema is a skin condition that may be caused by allergens. It often occurs in people who are prone to allergies and asthma. Eczema causes itching, dryness, fine scales or flaking, and sometimes mild redness. The specific cause of eczema is usually not known.

It also is possible to have an allergic reaction to sunlight or temperature extremes.

Common foods that may cause allergy symptoms are shellfish, eggs, milk, nuts, and peanuts. Food allergies often occur in children, who may outgrow them.

If You Need Allergy Treatment

If you are hypersensitive to a substance or have a condition that affects your immune system, you might want to consult your regular physician first. He or she can decide which specialists and allergy screenings are necessary.

Our Pediatric Pulmonology service specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide range of breathing problems, including diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract, in infants, children, and adolescents to age 21.

Live Well, Stay Well Tip

Food and environmental allergies affect at least 2 in every 10 Americans, including children, adolescents, and adults. The tendency to be allergic is passed from parents to their children. For example, when one parent is allergic, his or her child has a 35% chance of having allergies. Risk for allergies is 70% if both parents have allergies.

Important Vaccination Information

If your child has an allergy to eggs, he or she still might be eligible for vaccinations. Ask your doctor for more information.

Dr. Pien's hours are:

Berkeley Heights
Monday 1 PM to 8 PM
Wednesday 8 AM to 5 PM
Thursday 7 AM to 3 PM
Friday 8 AM to 5 PM
Alternating Saturdays 7 AM to 1 PM
Tuesdays 8 AM to noon

Our Allergy / Immunology Practitioners

Patricia  Hicks Hartman
Hicks Hartman, Patricia, MD
Allergy / Immunology
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Patricia  Hutchinson
Hutchinson, Patricia, MD
Allergy / Immunology
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Meera  Khedkar
Khedkar, Meera, MD, FACAAI
Allergy / Immunology
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Kerry S. LeBenger
LeBenger, Kerry S., MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI
Allergy / Immunology
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Cyrus  Nozad
Nozad, Cyrus, MD
Allergy / Immunology
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Smruti  Parikh
Parikh, Smruti, MD
Allergy / Immunology
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Gary  Pien
Pien, Gary, MD, PhD, FAAP, FAAAAI
Allergy / Immunology
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Jennifer  Sherman
Sherman, Jennifer, DO
Allergy / Immunology
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Steven J. Weiss
Weiss, Steven J., MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI
Allergy / Immunology
Accepting new patients

Our Allergy / Immunology Locations

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Berkeley Heights Campus, 1 Diamond Hill Road, Berkeley Heights, NJ
Berkeley Heights Campus
Lawrence Pavilion, 2nd floor
1 Diamond Hill Road
Berkeley Heights, NJ
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6 Brighton Road, Clifton, NJ
6 Brighton Road
Clifton, NJ
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140 Park Avenue, (Enter "The Green at Florham Park" at Florham Road, across from the Wyndham Hotel), Florham Park, NJ
3rd floor
140 Park Avenue
(Enter "The Green at Florham Park" at Florham Road, across from the Wyndham Hotel)
Florham Park, NJ
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75 E. Northfield Road, Livingston, NJ
2nd floor
75 E. Northfield Road
Livingston, NJ
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574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, NJ
574 Springfield Avenue
Westfield, NJ
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19-21 Fair Lawn Avenue
Fair Lawn, NJ
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31-00 Broadway
Fair Lawn, NJ
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