Allergy & Immunology
Dr. Pichichero is our in-house allergist/immunologist.
He has his own separate practice that see’s both children and adults (from our practice and others) regarding a variety of allergy issues. He also is a specialist on PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections).
Dr. Pichichero went to college at Rutgers in New Jersey then the University of Rochester for medical school. He completed specialty training in pediatrics and sub-specialty training in pediatric infectious disease as well as pediatric and adult asthma, allergy, and immunology.
He was elected as a Best Doctors in America in 2004, Best Pediatricians in America in 2003, Top Physicians in America in 2004, and Patients Choice Award in 2009. He has been re-elected every year since then to all four groups. Dr. Pichichero is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester, a Research Professor at RIT, and Director of Research at Rochester General Hospital Research Institute. He lives in Brighton with his wife and has two children and a granddaughter.
He has been serving the Rochester Community as an Allergist for children and adults for over 30 years.
At the office we do allergy testing for food, environmental allergens, venom (bee sting), and antibiotics. There are two ways allergy testing is done – scratch testing or intradermal testing. Both tests start with our allergy nurse placing a marker dot on the skin (either the anterior forearms or back) to differentiate what allergens we are testing for. A scratch test is performed with a small applicator tip that has a tiny needle at the end. The applicator is placed in the allergen and then scratched on the skin next to the marker dot.
An interdermal injection goes right underneath the top layer of the skin on the anterior forearm and creates a small bubble. This is very similar to a PPD test.
Note: If you cancel an allergy appointment/consult within 24 hours there will be a $25 charge. If you no show for an appointment/consult there will be a $50 charge. A no show for an allergy shot will result in a warning first, then a charge of $15 each subsequent no show.