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UCLA Pediatric Allergy & Immunology

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Our team of Allergy & Immunology physicians at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA offers consultative, diagnostic, and therapeutic services for patients with allergic, pulmonary, immunologic, and rheumatologic disorders. Our points of expertise include allergy-related problems, such as environmental, food and pet allergies, eczema and asthma, as well as more complex and rare immunodeficiencies.

Allergy & Asthma

Over the past few decades, allergic disease has become more common. There has been a rise in the number of children with eczema, food allergy, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and eosinophilic esophagitis in the United States.

Our expert team understands that having a child with allergies can be worrisome at times. Our approach is to develop individualized care plans that meet each child's medical needs. Our dedicated focus on a pediatric population allows us to provide the highest quality treatment for our patients. Our goal is to provide optimal care for our patients and to promote understanding of allergic disorders. 

Many patients with allergies also have asthma. Asthma triggers vary from person to person and so do strategies to reduce asthma flare-ups. We offer a range of treatment programs to meet the specific needs of patients with mild to severe asthma. Our specialists will work with patients and their families to develop a personalized plan to better control their asthma symptoms. This comprehensive plan addresses how to avoid the patient's specific asthma triggers, to prevent symptoms with the use of medications, and to keep triggers properly managed and under control.

Immunology

Primary immune deficiencies can present themselves in many ways including recurrent infections, unusual infections, and autoimmune diseases. People with primary immune deficiencies have a reduced ability to resist or rid themselves of infectious diseases.  Their immune system is either absent or is only partially functional due to a hereditary or genetic defect. This deficiency can be in one or more of the parts of the body's immune system. Our physicians are leaders in the diagnosis of primary immune deficiencies. For each patient, our goal is to lead to improved treatment and quality of life. Intravenous immunoglobulin infusions are given under careful supervision in our clinic.

 

Clinical Care

We offer a full range of clinical services. Individual clinical programs often involve specialists from across disciplines, taking advantage of the wealth of expertise available at UCLA in all areas of medicine.

Diseases we treat:

  • Allergic Disorders
    • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
    • Allergic asthma
    • Food allergies
    • Skin allergies (eczema, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, urticaria)
    • Drug allergy
    • Insect venom allergy

 

  • Immunological Diseases
    • Recurrent infections (ear, sinus, pulmonary, skin, etc.)
    • Failure to thrive
    • Primary Immunodeficiencies
    • Hypogammaglobulinemia
    • Antibody deficiencies
    • Neutrophil defects
    • Periodic fevers

Diagnostic Services include:

  • Allergy skin testing
  • Patch testing
  • Measurements of lung function (spirometry)
  • RAST testing, IgE
  • Comprehensive evaluation of the immune function
  • Imaging: chest & sinus X-rays and CT-scans
  • Food and drug challenges
  • Nutritional evaluation of patients with food allergies

Treatments include:

  • Immunotherapy (Allergy shots)
  • Immunoglobulin treatment (IVIG)
  • Immunomodulation
  • Drug desensitization
  • Disease-specific management
  • Allergen elimination diet

 

Contact Us

 

Our Clinics Locations

UCLA Westwood Campus
UCLA Children's Health Center
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 265
Los Angeles, CA 90095

UCLA Santa Monica
Pediatric Specialties Practice, 12th Street Clinic
1131 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 202 (at 12th Street & Wilshire)
Santa Monica, CA 90401

 

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