If your child suffers from allergies or an immunodeficiency disorder, our team of pediatric specialists at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is here to help. We treat kids and teens who have a range of allergies and immunodeficiency disorders, including:
What are allergies?
Allergies occur when the body produces an abnormal immune response to something. Allergies can be seasonal or happen when a child comes in contact with an allergen. The most common types of allergies include:
- Environmental allergens, such as pollen, dust mites or pets
- Foods, such as peanuts, tree nuts, milk or eggs
- Insect venom from wasps or bees
- Drugs, such as penicillin
What are common symptoms of allergies in children?
- Nausea or vomiting
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Stomach pain
- Swelling of body parts
- Tingling in the tongue or lips
How are allergies diagnosed in children?
Our team offers the following diagnostic testing to evaluate all types of allergies and asthma:
- Skin testing
- Blood testing
- Guided elimination diets
- Oral food challenges
- Pulmonary function testing
What treatments are available for children with allergies?
Treatment options may include:
- Allergy shots
- Bleach baths
- Drug desensitization for certain medicines
- Eye drops
- Food avoidance
- Infant food challenges and early feeding for the prevention of peanut allergy
- Injections of biologic medications (e.g. Xolair, Fasenra)
- Nasal saline lavage
- Nasal sprays
- Oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy
- Rescue medications (e.g. autoinjectable epinephrine) and action plans for their use
- Topic therapies (e.g. steroidal and non-steroidal ointments and creams)
- Wet wraps
At Children’s, we embrace collaboration among our pediatric specialists. Through this collaboration, we offer many multidisciplinary programs and clinics in which our providers participate.
- Food Allergy Program: This program seeks to perform impactful research and deliver high-quality, patient-centered care to transform the lives of children affected by food allergies, including a peanut allergy.
- High-Risk Asthma Program: This program offers a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to the care of children with severe asthma. It aims to ensure asthma control and improve quality of life for children with asthma. Services are provided by a pulmonologist, allergist, immunologist, nutritionist and social worker.
- Procedure Clinic: This clinic uses state-of-the-art treatment, testing and procedures to best care for your child.
- Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic: This clinic offers a multidisciplinary, holistic approach for treating children with eosinophilic esophagitis and aims to improve their quality of life. Services are provided by an allergist, gastroenterologist and nutritionist.
It can be tough to know where to start in supporting your child on their food allergy journey. Visit the resources below for quality information on coping with the daily challenges of living with food allergies:
Pediatric allergists and immunologists
- Idil Ezhuthachan, MD
- Gerald Bell Lee, MD
- Tricia Lee, MD
- Melinda Rathkopf, MD
- Brian Vickery, MD, Division Chief, Allergy and Immunology and Director, Food Allergy Program
Advanced practice practitioners
- Chelsea Bates, PNP
- Codi Horton, PNP