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Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know

Pediatric Allergies

Key Points About Allergies in Children

  • Allergies are problems of the immune system. Most allergic reactions happen when the immune system reacts to a “false alarm.”
  • Allergic reactions are often caused by tree, grass and weed pollens, latex, molds, dust mites, foods and medicines.
  • Tests used to diagnosed allergies include skin tests, blood tests or challenge tests.
  • The three most effective ways to treat allergies are avoidance, allergy shots (immunotherapy) and medicine.
  • Working with your child's healthcare provider or allergist can help reduce or get rid of allergies.
Children's Team

Children's Team


Hemant Sharma

Hemant Sharma

Division Chief, Allergy and Immunology
Director, Food Allergy Program


Allergy and Immunology

At Children’s National, children affected by allergies and complex immunologic disorders benefit from our specialists’ expertise, because our doctors treat children and only children with these conditions.

IMPACT DC Asthma Clinic

IMPACT DC Asthma Clinic is an award-winning pediatric asthma program in Washington, D.C., dedicated to improving asthma care and outcomes for children through clinical care, education, research and advocacy.