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Allergies Specialist

Kevin Farnam, MD -  - Allergist

Adult and Children Allergy Asthma Center

Kevin Farnam, MD

Allergist located in Pasadena, CA

Kevin Farnam, MD, an allergist serving patients in Pasadena, CA at his practice Adult and Children Allergy Asthma Center, is ready to help patients identify specific Allergies so that an effective treatment plan can be formulated.

Allergies Q & A

What Are Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is a disease that results in stuffy, itchy, and runny nose. It can also cause sneezing bouts. Allergic rhinitis is quite common, affecting as much as a third of adults and 30 percent of children in the United States. People who suffer from allergic rhinitis are reacting to compounds in plants, trees, weeds, animals, and house dust. Allergic rhinitis is especially common during springtime, as there is more of the common allergen pollen in the air. Treatment for allergic rhinitis can start only after the specific allergens have been identified through allergy testing. Once the triggers are known, a custom treatment plan can be created and the allergies can eventually be eliminated.


What Are Allergic Conjunctivitis?

Allergic conjunctivitis often affects people with allergic rhinitis. It is also seen in people who suffer from eczema and asthma. The most obvious sign of allergic conjunctivitis is itchy eyes. Eye redness, eye swelling, and clear eye discharge are other common symptoms. Proper treatment for allergic conjunctivitis depends on correctly identifying the allergic triggers.


What Are Food Allergies?

Food allergies happen in response to specific triggers. The most common food allergies today include peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, corn, soy, and cow's milk. A food allergy can be quite serious and potentially even deadly. It is important that people with food allergies are very careful about their dietary habits. For example, children with a peanut allergy must avoid even traces of peanuts to avoid a reaction. Sometimes people confuse a food intolerance with a food allergy. Food intolerance, for example lactose intolerance, could cause bloating or stomach pain when drinking milk. However, a person who is allergic to milk could have a far more serious reaction. Food allergies must be correctly identified before a treatment plan is created. This typically involves allergy testing and careful monitoring of eating habits.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Dr. Farnam's office, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
Excluding these specific plans: Blue Cross Select PPO Health Net Enhanced Care PPO

Aetna
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Cigna
Health Net
Medicare
Tricare
United Healthcare