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Pediatrics

Riviera Allergy Medical Center

Ulrike Ziegner, MD, PhD

Allergist & Immunologist located in South Bay, Redondo Beach, CA

Along with 50 million American adults, nearly 10% of children in America under the age of 18 suffer from some sort of allergy. If you or your child has hay fever, respiratory allergies, food allergies, or skin allergies call or make an appointment today with Dr. Ulrike Ziegner at Riviera Allergy Medical Center in Redondo Beach, California.

Pediatrics Q & A

What are childhood allergies?

Allergies are the harmful consequences of a misdirected immune response. If your child sniffles, sneezes, or coughs more often than not, or gets rashes, hives, or tummy aches, he or she may suffer from allergies. Any kid can get allergies. However, if you suffer from allergies, your child is more likely to receive this diagnosis. Since Dr. Ziegner sees both adults and children, she can treat your entire family, if need be.

It is important to see Dr. Ziegner for a diagnosis as soon as possible so that your child’s quality of life is not affected. The earlier the identification, the less school your child will miss. Dr. Ziegner also helps you avoid having to use sick time or vacation days to care for your child.

How are childhood allergies treated?

While there’s no cure for allergies, Dr. Ziegner will come up with a plan to manage your child’s symptoms. Avoidance is best. You need to educate your child, not only about his or her allergies, but also about the reactions he or she is susceptible to, if he or she comes in contact or consumes the allergen.

If avoidance isn't possible or doesn't help, Dr. Ziegner recommends you try over-the-counter antihistamines, eye drops, or nasal sprays. She may also prescribe additional medications as needed.

Another route that Dr. Ziegner recommends for some of her patients, both young and old are allergy shot. Also referred to as immunotherapy, it helps desensitize either your or your child to the bothersome allergen. However, be aware that allergy shots are only helpful for allergens including:

  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Pollens
  • Animals
  • Insect stings  

Allergy shots do not help combat food allergies.

How are childhood allergies different from adult allergies?

The prevalence of allergic diseases has risen dramatically worldwide, particularly in children, including:

  • Rhinoconjunctivitis
  • Asthma
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Food allergies

While there isn’t much difference in the symptoms between children and adults, when a child suffers, so do those around him or her. Parents need to take off work in order to care for an ailing allergic child. It is important to inform all pertinent adults about your child's allergy including:

  • Childcare staff
  • Teachers
  • Family members
  • Parents of your child's friends

This enables limited exposure. This also educates other adults on how to handle an allergic reaction, should one occur while your child is in their care.

If you or your child has hay fever, respiratory allergies, food allergies, or skin allergies call or make an appointment today with Dr. Ulrike Ziegner at Riviera Allergy Medical Center in Redondo Beach, California.