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Kids & Teens Medical Group
Pediatrics located in Pasadena, West Hills, Agoura Hills, San Fernando, Northridge, Arcadia,
La Canada Flintridge, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys & Whittier, CA

Allergies

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Allergies

Kids & Teens Medical Group
Allergies in Los Angeles


Allergies affect millions of children and cause a wide range of symptoms. If your child seems to have a lingering cold or frequently gets rashes, they may have allergies. The team of board-certified pediatricians at Kids & Teens Medical Group specializes in diagnosing and treating allergies in children of all ages from their offices in Pasadena, West Hills, Agoura Hills, San Fernando, Northridge, Arcadia, La Cañada Flintridge, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys, Encino, and Whittier, California. Call the Greater Los Angeles office most convenient to you or request an appointment online today.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies occur when the immune system attacks a substance — known as an allergen — it considers foreign or harmful, even though it’s not in most people. Allergies are common and affect people of all ages, including children.

Children can develop an allergy to any substance. The most common allergens in children include:

  • Pollen

  • Insect stings

  • Food (e.g., milk, shellfish, fish, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts)

  • Dust

  • Pet dander

  • Mold

  • Chemical irritants (e.g., cigarette smoke, perfume)

When your child comes in contact with an allergen, it triggers their immune system to release antibodies to attack the substance, causing an allergic reaction. 

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Allergy symptoms vary in type and severity and may affect any body system, including the skin, respiratory system, or digestive system.

Common symptoms that may indicate your child has allergies include:

  • An ongoing cough or sore throat

  • Runny nose or watery and itchy eyes

  • Frequent sneezing

  • Hives

  • Red, itchy skin or rash

  • Abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Shortness of breath

Allergies may also cause anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening allergic reaction that causes difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, or low blood pressure. If your child has a severe allergic reaction to any substance, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

How are allergies diagnosed?

Kids & Teens Medical Group takes an integrated approach to care and conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come in with concerns about allergies.

During the exam, your provider asks detailed questions about your child’s symptoms and the allergen you suspect is triggering the reaction. They review your child’s medical history, as well as your family history, and perform a physical exam. 

To diagnose the allergen causing your child’s allergies, the Kids & Teens Medical Group team performs an allergy skin test or blood test. 

How are allergies treated?

Treatment for allergies depends on the type of allergen your child is allergic to, as well as the severity of their reaction. When possible, the best way to prevent allergies is to avoid the allergen altogether.

However, with environmental allergies such as dust or pollen, your pediatrician may recommend allergy medication to manage symptoms. They also provide recommendations on how to reduce your child’s exposure to the allergen. 

For children with severe allergic reactions, the team provides an epinephrine pen that your child needs to have with them at all times. 

To get help for your child’s allergies, call Kids & Teens Medical Group or request an appointment online today.

Kids & Teens Medical Group