Dr Costa is a Consultant Paediatrician and fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
He has over 14 years' experience in Paediatrics and over 7 years in Paediatric Allergy. Currently, he leads the Paediatric Allergy Services at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire.
He has recently been appointed to become an Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Allergy at Warwick Medical School.
Dr Costa is proud to hold two post-graduate certificates; the first is in Paediatric Allergy, from Instituto de Ciências da Saúde da Universidade Católica in Lisbon/Portugal and the second is a qualification in Allergy, undertaken at the Imperial College in London.
Dr Costa also speaks fluent French and Portuguese.
Dr Costa runs several allergy clinics in both Coventry, Rugby and Leamington Spa - focusing on the diagnosis and management of Food Allergy, Hayfever, Allergic Rhinitis, Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria and Angioedema, Eczema and Asthma.
He's also a member of the Royal College Of Paediatrics and Child Health and the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
His main focus of interest in Allergy is in immunotherapy and desensitization, mainly to house dust mites and pollens - both sublingual and subcutaneous.
José is the co-author of a study titled “Increase in Multiple Nut Reactivity with Increasing Age is Not an Artefact of Incomplete Allergy Testing”, which explored the introduction of nuts into the an infant/child's diet. This research found that not introducing nuts that children are not allergic to, will increase their risk of developing allergy to those nuts later in life.
Outside of the clinic, Dr Costa has a keen interest in researching and teaching paediatric allergies, and is currently researching diagnostic tools for non-IgE mediated food allergies.
When it comes to allergies in children, and due to the nature of baby's weaning, egg sits almost at par with cow’s milk as being the most prevalent form of allergy. This is closely followed by a peanut allergy.