Paediatric Allergist

Are Allergies Affecting Your Child?

Dr Michael Perkin BSc MB BS MSc DCH MRCP MRCPCH PhD is one of a small number of highly specialised paediatric allergists working exclusively in the area of paediatric allergy.  He is a Senior Lecturer in the largest paediatric allergy service in Europe, at St Thomas’ Hospital. His special research interest is in trying to understand why increasing numbers of children are developing allergies.  He currently heads a world leading study to try to prevent infants developing food allergies and other allergic diseases (www.eatstudy.co.uk).

 

Increasing numbers of children are developing allergies
Increasing numbers of children are developing allergies

Dr Perkin is happy to accept consultations on the full spectrum of atopic and allergic disorders in children. These include food, pollen, mould, animal, drug and venom allergies, and allergen triggered asthma, eczema and hay fever.  Sublingual immunotherapy is an exciting therapeutic option now available for significant hay fever. Skin prick testing and lung function measurements can be performed, as well as food challenges on the Day Ward at the Nuffield Hospital to determine whether food allergies have been outgrown.

For more information please contact Alexander House on 020 8543 9098

What does a paediatric allergist treat?

  • Food allergies
  • Hay fever
  • Eczema where allergens may be contributing
  • Skin problems such as urticaria (hives) and angioedema (swelling)
  • Drug allergies
  • Pet allergies
  • Other air borne allergens (e.g. moulds)

The allergy epidemic

In the UK one in sixteen children under the age of 6 years will develop food allergies, one in four eczema, one in five asthma and one in ten hay fever.  There is evidence that all these diseases have increased substantially over the last 10 years – peanut allergy having more than doubled.  The burden falls most heavily on children.  Food allergy is the most common cause of anaphylaxis outside a hospital setting.  It can be fatal and it can erode or inhibit normal formative experiences in childhood.  Food allergy together with eczema, asthma and hay fever significantly impact on a child's quality of life, cause school absence and have been shown to impair school performance.