Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC) doesn’t just treat allergies. Although Dr. Ulrike Ziegner is an allergy treatment specialist, she is also double-board-certified in allergy/Immunology and Pediatrics, and treats patients of all ages. Dr. Ziegner has expertise in treating immunodeficiency disorders, autoimmune disorders, food and drug allergies, insect or venom allergies, bronchitis and chronic coughs, as well as anaphylaxis. Her experience allows Dr. Z to diagnose rarer conditions such as mastocytosis in children, and to be able to distinguish it from other possible disorders.

Mastocytosis is a group of disorders that are caused by an excessive amount of “mast” cells. Although they can be involved in healing wounds, mast cells also play a role in allergies and anaphylaxis. Mastocytosis is usually confined to the skin, but can affect the bone marrow and internal organs. Because mast cells do play a role in allergic reactions, the symptoms of mastocytosis are often similar to the symptoms of an allergic reaction such as fatigue, itching, skin lesions, ear/nose/throat inflammation, headaches, and muscle pain. Mastocytosis is often misdiagnosed because it takes a trained eye and extensive background knowledge to differentiate mastocytosis symptoms from allergies or other causes. Because it is rare, many doctors may not even be able to correctly diagnose this condition.

If Dr. Ziegner suspects that your child may have mastocytosis, she may perform a number of tests to confirm this diagnosis. A thorough history will be needed such as number of skin lesions, duration, family history, exposure to heat, and other environmental factors. She will conduct a thorough examination of your child’s skin and may request permission to perform a skin biopsy. Dr. Z then compares the results of this examination against specific criteria to determine whether a diagnosis of mastocytosis is appropriate.

If she determines that your child has mastocytosis, treatments may include corticosteroid cream, antihistamines, dietary changes, and possible H1- and H2-blockers. She may then recommend a follow-up telephone call in six months and a possible re-examination in a year.

When it comes to your child’s health, it is important to trust his or her care to a trained professional. If another doctor has suggested that your child may have mastocytosis, or if your child has symptoms that resemble this condition, it is best to set an appointment with Dr. Ziegner to confirm this suspicion.

An accurate diagnosis is the first step in finding proper treatment and relief. At RAMC Dr. Ziegner listens first and performs a thorough exam using the latest testing methods to determine the true source of a patient’s pain or discomfort.


About RAMC – Riviera Allergy Medical Center offers comprehensive treatment for the most common food allergiesskin allergy medicine, and asthma prevention. Located at 1711 Via El Prado, Suite 101 in Redondo Beach, the allergy and asthma center is headed by renowned seasonal allergy treatment specialist, Dr. Ulrike Ziegner. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 310-792-9050 for more information or to schedule an appointment for allergy treatment.

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    • Carol

      Thanks for sharing this information. When it comes to health, there will always be that chance – no matter how small, of getting diagnosed of something that is rare. This makes it imperative for parents to look for physicians and allergy specialists that are more than qualified to know when a kid’s condition falls under such category. Mastocytosis in children is commonly misdiagnosed but with a thorough Allergist and Immunologist like Dr. Z, any child is in good hands.

    • Marge

      “fatigue, itching, skin lesions, ear/nose/throat inflammation, headaches, and muscle pain.” It could be allergy or it could be mastocytosis.

      But either way, it’s comforting to know that a trusted allergy treatment specialist can diagnose and treat the symptoms for relief. Dr. Z is double-board-certified in allergy/Immunology and Pediatrics, and her research and clinical experience allows her to diagnose rarer conditions such as mastocytosis in children.

      • Susan

        Who would have thought that such common allergy symptoms could lead to a rare condition? The good Dr. Ziegner really has an impressive set of qualifications but for me, what makes her really stand out from all other child allergist is her thorough gentleness. She’s great with kids and she cares for each one like she/he is her own. Meticulous, she will make sure that every needed test is taken. Working with Dr. Z on my daughter’s food allergy has afforded me peace of mind… and for this I would never tire of recommending her to anyone who’s plagued with allergy symptoms.

    • Isabella Carter

      Very insightful, thanks for posting. This is the very reason why a lot of patients have to have second opinions – because of misdiagnosis. This is also one of several reasons why I trust no other physician in the Redondo Beach area than Dr. Ulrike Ziegner. Double-board certified, she has expertise in diagnosing and treating conditions beyond common asthma and allergies in children.

    • L. Murphy

      It really pays to look find an allergy specialist you can trust. Mastocytosis, aside from resembling symptoms of allergy, also has many and varied signs. One patient suffering from mastocytosis can suffer from a different set of symptoms. It takes thorough testing and accurate diagnosis to know that your child is indeed suffering from such a rare condition.


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