Allergic conditions like eczema and food allergies are very common in children and affect a large number of children in the UK.
Symptoms can affect the nose, throat, ears, eyes, airways, digestion and skin in mild, moderate or severe form. These symptoms can have a significant impact on a child's general health and well-being.
The demand for the treatment of allergies in children has led to the Trust launching an allergy service aimed specifically at children and young people.
The Paediatric Allergy Clinic at Lewisham Hospital treats children with common allergic conditions such as eczema, food allergies and moderate or severe hay fever. The clinic is multidisciplinary and offers diagnostic tests and treatment for allergies, as well as providing families with advice on allergen avoidance and the treatment of allergic disease. Families are also able to receive advice from a specialist dietician on how they can exclude allergens from their diet in case of food allergies.
Dr Suniti Bisht, Lead Consultant for the Allergy Clinic commented:
“Allergic conditions in children and young people in Lewisham are very common, which is why we launched this service. Previously children would have had to travel outside of the area to receive specialist treatment for their condition, so it is great that we can now offer this service in Lewisham”.
If you require advice about your child’s allergic condition please contact your GP or local pharmacist.