A leading expert in the management of allergies in children, with a special interest in the field of desensitisation using sublingual immunotherapy, based in London.
Adam Fox is Consultant Paediatric Allergist at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, London, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Allergy at King's College London. As well as his extensive clinical experience in all aspects of allergy affecting children, Dr Fox's involvement in academic medicine allows him to offer the latest in specialist treatments.
Allergy treatments available in the London area
Treatment of food allergies in children
Food allergy affects 6-8% of young children in the UK. It does not always present with the obvious reactions such as hives and swelling; smaller children may present with a wide variety of problems including eczema, colic, gastro-intestinal reflux, diarrhoea, poor weight gain and constipation. Dr Fox ensures that all problem foods are correctly identified using allergy tests such as skin prick testing, specific IgE blood testing, atopy patch testing or provocation challenges. Common allergic problems such as eczema and asthma, which often accompany food allergy, are also identified and treated. When an allergen is identified and excluded from the diet, Dr Fox is able to offer advice on substitutes for essential nutrients and on how to recognise and deal with any subsequent reactions that may occur accidentally.
Treatment of eczema in children
Eczema affects 15-20% of school children, in some cases with a significant impact on quality of life. Dr Fox combines a detailed clinical history with allergy testing to identify and exclude food or environmental allergens, helping to improve eczema and lessen the need for steroids.
Treatment of asthma in children
Over 1 million children in the UK suffer with asthma. The identification of allergens, used in conjunction with other treatments, can lead to effective control of symptoms. Dr Fox uses the latest monitoring techniques such as computerised spirometry and exhaled nitric oxide measurement. He is at the forefront of the development of sublingual immunotherapy (a desensitisation process where drops are placed under the tongue daily to lessen an allergic reaction) and anti-IgE therapy for children whose symptoms do not respond to conventional therapies.
Treatment of hay fever in children
Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is a distressing and irritating condition, affecting approximately 15% of children. It can adversely affect quality of sleep and impact on school life. Following correct identification of the causative allergen, hay fever can be treated with safe medication. There are children for whom this approach is less effective, and in these cases Dr Fox is now able to offer the new specialist treatment of sublingual immunotherapy. This is available for grass and tree pollen, dust mite, cat, dog and horse allergies.
Accreditation and admitting rights at private hospitals
Dr Adam Fox is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including BMI Healthcare and HCA Hospitals
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