Asthma and Allergy

Clinical work

The asthma and allergy team at Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Herlev University Hospital handles investigation and treatment of more than 1000 newly-identified patients annually in collaboration with the Allergy Clinic at Gentofte Hospital. 

A total of approx. 1700 children and adolescents are followed as outpatients in the Asthma and Allergy Clinic at Herlev Hospital, which carry out the investigation and treatment of complicated patients with drug allergy, food hypersensitivity, allergic asthma, insect allergy, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and have extensive experience with immunotherapy in the form of subcutaneous and sublingual immunotherapy and treatment of severe asthma with biological drugs.

The allergy function has the status of highly specialized function in the Capital Region of Denmark.

The treatment of asthma and allergy is handled by a team consisting of specialist doctors and nurses in pediatric asthma and allergology with associated secretarial function.


In addition to the clinical work with asthma and allergy treatment, the department contributes to the nationwide asthma database. The team is research-active with allergy projects in the department and collaborates with the Allergy Clinic at Gentofte Hospital. 

The research in asthma takes place primarily at COPSAC (Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood) - an independent clinical research unit, which is administratively part of the Pediatric and Adolescent Department at Herlev Hospital. The main focus at COPSAC is cohort-based research and currently two birth cohorts with 1100 families are followed.


  • Allergy diagnostics - overlap between sIgE levels and skin prick test results throughout childhood
  • Penicillin allergy – examination of conducted drug provocations for anamnestic and clinical predictors of positive and negative provocation, respectively
  • Milk allergy – examination of conducted provocations with regard to anamnestic and clinical predictors, eg sIgE level and prickest size, for positive and negative provocation, respectively
  • Egg allergy – examination of conducted provocations for anamnestic and clinical predictors, e.g. sIgE level and prick test size, for positive and negative provocation, respectively.