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Doctor insights on: Allergies And Eczema In Children

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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What are some symptoms of peanut allergies in infants or toddlers?

What are some symptoms of peanut allergies in infants or toddlers?

Varied: Peanut reactions in infants and toddlers are the same as in teens and adults. They can include: rhinitis, lip/tongue swelling, rash, hives, itchiness, throat swelling, trouble breathing, wheezing, belly pain, vomiting, passing out and rarely death. ...Read more

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What causes allergies in children?

What causes allergies in children?

Genes + environment: To develop an allergy, you need a genetic predisposition. For example, children at highest risk of developing allergic asthma are those whose parents have asthma. Also necessary is multiple exposures to the allergen. The strongest predictor of developing allergies in the future is having allergic disease now (for example, a child with eczema has increased chance of developing asthma). ...Read more

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Can OTC bee pollen for a toddler with eczema and food allergies hurt? Any help?

Can OTC bee pollen for a toddler with eczema and food allergies hurt? Any help?

It could: It depends what your child is allergic to. I would not try anything even if it is otc without talking it over with your allergist or physician. ...Read more

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Does a cough come with allergies in children?

Does a cough come with allergies in children?

Sometimes: But not all the time. Nasal allergies are not a frequent cause of a really bad persistent cough. In a child with allergies and a really bad cough (assuming no fever) I would be concerned about a reactive airway/asthma type condition. If the child also had eczema I would be even more concerned. ...Read more

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Child with severe asthma and allergies..Is it hereditary?

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Child with severe asthma and allergies..Is it hereditary?

Probable: Asthma is often hereditary as are allergies. However whether a disease condition will develop or not is dependent on how the body interacts with the environment. For example, in identical twins there is a close to 60% that the other twin would develop asthma if one of the twin has it. In non-identical twins, the chance is slightly under 30%. ...Read more

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What is the cause of environmental allergies in young children?

What is the cause of environmental allergies in young children?

Air-borne allergies: Environmental allergies affect your respiratory system including the nose, sinuses, eyes and if severe, the lung. Thus, symptoms are nasal congestion, sinus pressure, teary and itchy eyes, cough, wheezing, physical activity limitation and difficulty breathing if you have asthma. ...Read more

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Can children grow out of seasonal allergies?

Can children grow out of seasonal allergies?

Sometimes: Some people's allergies get better over years, some get worse, and some are stable. Keeping allergies well-controlled not only keeps kids feeling better and sleeping better, but also doing better in school (it's hard to learn material when you feel miserable)! also, keeping allergies under control decreases the risk of ear infections and sinusitis. ...Read more

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Why is eczema mainly found in young children?

Why is eczema mainly found in young children?

Good question: It is felt that this is a genetic condition realated to the early exposure of antigens in this population. As time passes and the body becomes more tolerant to the environment it tends to be mitigated in nearly 3/4 of involved patients. ...Read more

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Is immunicap testing reliable for allergy in kids with severe eczema?

Is immunicap testing reliable for allergy in kids with severe eczema?

Possibly: The testing can identify a kid with a high ige level and suggest a variety of food or other items that if avoided may improve the eczema. It's accuracy varies & it can only be considered a tool in the efforts to help kids.Skin testing is another tool with value but may be cumbersome or difficult in a kid with eczema. All this should be part of open discussion with your doc. ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies in children if not treated or maintained, cause asthma later in life?

Can seasonal allergies in children if not treated or maintained, cause asthma later in life?

No: If you have the genes to get asthma, it doesn't matter if you treat seasonal allergies or not. It will emerge whenever & wherever you hit the trigger events that let it come out. Many kids have seasonal allergies. Those that ignore them do not get asthma because they chose to live with them without throwing meds or shots at them ...Read more

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Does testing for food allergies in children painful?

No: The pain is minimal with skin testing, similar testing can be done with a blood test which requires some blood being withdrawn with a needle. ...Read more

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With a rise in child asthma and seasonal allergies , can this increase be due to something being released in our environment?

With a rise in child asthma and seasonal allergies , can this increase be due to something being released in our environment?

Asthma rising: In part both patients and physicians are more likely to understand this problem and obtain a diagnosis. Climate changes in some areas can change pollination seasons, industrial pollution is always a factor as well as tobacco second hand smoke but there are improvements there recently. Inner city cockraoch infestation with allergy is still a problem. Some variables are not totally understood. ...Read more

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Why are pollen allergy and general allergies on the increase?

Genetic & Environmen: Both genetic and environmental factors play a role. The chances of developing allergic disease is higher if one parent has an atopic condition, and higher if both parents are atopic. Then in the environment "cleanliness" propegates the immune system towards the allergic phenotype. ...Read more

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My child has several allergies, eczema and asthma how can I help?

My child has several allergies, eczema and asthma how can I help?

Allergies and asthma: No pets, no rugs and cloth blinds, no stuffed animals in bed, hypoallergenic mattress, vaccum with hepa filters, wash away allergens, dust mite tends to thrive in bedding and pillows wash at least once a week, use green cleaning products, prevent molds, keep pollens out close doors and windows, control bugs and pests, use humidity controllers andair purifier, reduce pet danders or get rid of them, vacuum often. ...Read more

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Is atopic ezema and asthma in infant cause by diet eg. Seafood, peanut, cold drinks etc during pregnancy?

Is atopic ezema and asthma in infant cause by diet eg. Seafood, peanut, cold drinks etc during pregnancy?

Maybe: A series of studies showed organic milk had healthier fats than conventional milk (more omega 3s, for instance), that the breast milk of women who drank organic had even healthier fat profile than those who drank conventional, & and that the babies born to women who drank organic during pregnancy & nursing had far less eczema. Genetics sets susceptibility, but there are also environmental triggers. ...Read more

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How are eczema and allergies related?

How are eczema and allergies related?

Yes: About 30% of patients with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (eczema) have an allergic trigger. The allergic trigger could be a food, dust mite, or less likely animal dander or pollen. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes. The cause is unknown but presumed to be a combination of ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled, itchy blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more