Allergy/Immunology

Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Clinic is staffed with specialists who can treat your child's asthma, common food and environmental allergies, sinusitis, hay fever, or your infant's food allergies, skin rashes, ear infections and more.

Sandhya Mani, MD is a Baton Rouge native and received her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Children's Hospital of New Orleans. She completed her Fellowship in allergy and immunology at Children's Hospital of New Orleans and is Board Certified in internal medicine, general pediatrics and allergy and immunology. Dr. Mani treats adult and pediatric patients at our Baton Rouge and Walker locations.

 

Theron McCormick, MD received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his residency training at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston. He completed his Fellowship in allergy and immunology at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. He is Board Certified in general pediatrics and allergy and immunology. Dr. McCormick treats pediatric patients at our Baton Rouge and Gonzales locations.

 

Diagnoses and Treatment

Your child’s pediatrician may refer your child to a pediatric allergist/immunologist to identify and treat allergy related issues, such as:

  • Allergic asthma
  • Allergies
  • Dermatitis
  • Eosinophilic gastrointestinal conditions
  • Food allergies
  • Insect sting reactions
  • Rhinitis
  • Urticaria
  • Evaluation of patients with recurrent infections such as sinusitis, pneumonia and certain skin infections

Also, patients may require allergy testing. Everyone is affected by allergens differently and some are more severe than others. Your allergist will determine which test is right for you. Allergy testing is performed with allergen extracts or vaccines that meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements to ensure the safety of their use.

Types of Allergy Tests

Skin Test – A very small amount of allergens are put into your skin by making a small indentation on the surface of the skin. This is the most common type of allergy testing.

Challenge Tests – A very small amount of an allergen is inhaled or taken by mouth. This type of testing is supervised by an allergist and usually performed with potential food or medication allergies.

Blood Tests – Blood is drawn when skin tests are unsafe or will not work. This can happen if you have a skin condition or if you are taking certain medications.

Outpatient Allergy and Immunology services available at this location:

Pediatric Specialty Clinic—Baton Rouge
7777 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 408
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Telephone: (225) 765-6834

Pediatric Specialty Clinic—Gonzales
2647 S. St. Elizabeth Blvd., Ste 220
Gonzales, LA 70737

Telephone: (225) 765-6834