Allergies Specialist

Charlene Johnson, MD -  - Pediatrician

Camp Creek Pediatrics

Charlene Johnson, MD

Pediatrician located in Atlanta, GA

If your child regularly has a runny nose, watery eyes, or widespread itchiness, they likely have allergies. Before your child’s allergy symptoms continue affecting their daily life, contact Charlene Johnson, MD, at Camp Creek Pediatrics in Atlanta, Georgia, for a comprehensive pediatric allergy examination. You can book your child’s allergy appointment through the website or you can call to speak with a team member directly.

Allergies Q & A

What are the most common allergies in children?

Early identification and management of allergies in children is important to improve your child’s quality of life and to lower their risk of serious issues (like anaphylaxis). While children can suffer from the same types of allergies as adults, some of the most common childhood allergies include:

  • Indoor allergens, including pet dander, dust mites, and mold
  • Outdoor allergens, such as pollen, grass, or ragweed
  • Foods, including peanuts, eggs, and dairy
  • Insect bites or stings
  • Latex 

Children also regularly struggle with contact dermatitis. This condition leads to painful, tender rashes when your child simply touches the allergen. Cleaning products and certain plants (like poison oak) are known for causing contact dermatitis issues. 

How does a doctor diagnose allergies?

When you bring your child in to Camp Creek Pediatrics for their allergy evaluation, Dr. Johnson has a conversation with you and your child about symptoms and triggers. Let her know about any rashes, swelling, wheezing, itchiness, or other allergy symptoms your child experiences and when they occur.

To pinpoint which allergens trigger your child’s symptoms, Dr. Johnson may recommend skin-prick allergy testing. This test involves applying droplets of allergens to your child’s skin, usually on their forearm.

The technician gently scratches the surface, which allows the allergens to break through the skin. If your child is allergic to any of the substances, a red, inflamed wheal appears. This indicates an allergic reaction. Dozens of allergens can be tested at once by making several rows of droplets.

Skin allergy tests aren’t ideal for all children though, especially if your child has serious, potentially life-threatening reactions to the substance. If needed, Dr. Johnson can also order allergy testing via blood work. 

Which allergy treatments does a pediatrician provide?

Your child’s allergy management plan from Camp Creek Pediatrics may include both medications and lifestyle changes. To manage your child’s allergies, Dr. Johnson may recommend:

  • Prescription-strength antihistamine medications
  • Immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots
  • Corticosteroid medications
  • Decongestant drugs
  • Emergency epinephrine

Dr. Johnson also spends time counseling you and your child about their allergies. It’s important to learn how to avoid triggers to help prevent serious allergic reactions.

If you suspect your child suffers from allergies, contact Camp Creek Pediatrics for an evaluation and possible treatment. Click on the online scheduler or call the office to book a visit by phone.