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Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Child Allergies (Overview)

An allergy is an exaggerated immune response or reaction to substances that are generally not harmful. Allergies are relatively common. Both genetics and environmental factors play a role. The immune system normally protects the body against harmful substances, such as bacteria and viruses. It also reacts to foreign substances called allergens, which are generally harmless and in most people do not cause a problem.


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How are child allergies treated?

How are child allergies treated?

Ideally by avoidance: Allergens include dust mites, pet dander, molds, and seasonal pollens. Avoidance is the best strategy, but is not always practical (ex. Outdoor pollens). Medicines can be helpful including nasal steroid sprays and oral antihistamines. Allergy shots help induce tolerance to allergens in appropriate patients. An allergist can help diagnose and treat your child's allergies. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
926 doctors shared insights

Child Allergies (Overview)

An allergy is an exaggerated immune response or reaction to substances that are generally not harmful. Allergies are relatively common. Both genetics and environmental factors play a role. The immune system normally protects the body against harmful substances, such as bacteria and viruses. It also reacts to foreign substances called allergens, which are generally harmless and in most people do not cause a problem.


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Will a new cat give your child allergies or will it prevent your child from getting allergies; or neither?

Will a new cat give your child allergies or will it prevent your child from getting allergies; or neither?

Could go either way: Children can often develop allergies to cats without any exposure in the home. They get enough exposure outside of the home to develop an allergy. If your child is already allergic, and you didn't know it, a new cat could cause a reaction. On the other hand, children with high levels of cat exposure may be less likely to develop an allergy to cats. ...Read more

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Caring for Your Toddler (Tip)

Caring for Your Toddler

Sinusitis in children is typically due to tonsil and adenoids infection. ...See more

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New cat, and now i'm itching - child allergies?

New cat, and now i'm itching - child allergies?

Likely: Cat allergy symptoms can be nasal (sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose, stuffy nose), eye (itchy, red, watering), lung (cough, wheeze, chest tightness), skin with direct contact (itching, rash, hives). Cat allergy is very common. If symptoms persist or recur with cat contact, presumptive evidence of cat allergy. Allergist can test specifically for cat allergy to assist. ...Read more

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At what age can you have your child allergy tested for respiratory allergies?

At what age can you have your child allergy tested for respiratory allergies?

Any age: There is no age below which children cannot be tested for allergies. Skin reactivity improves with age, so negative tests may not completely exclude an allergy, but that is not a reason to delay testing. ...Read more

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Caring for Your Toddler (Tip)

Caring for Your Toddler

No healthy child goes to kindergarden in diapers! ...See more

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Can I give a child allergy medication in between doses of cold medication?

Can I give a child allergy medication in between doses of cold medication?

Cold & allergy: You need to read the contents of the cold medicines. Soem already have allergy medicines inside of them as well. You shouls take your medicines you usully use for cold and the allergy medicine to your docotor and have him/her tell you how to use them if at all, in combination. ...Read more

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School age Kids Health (Tip)

School age Kids Health

Being empathic to your children' developmental needs is not the same as giving in to their wants. ...See more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more


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Hypersensitivity (Definition)

Hypersensitivity is a clinical term in which a normally tolerable trigger results in a larger than expected response. Examples include emotional responses to social situations, or sunburn from average amounts of sunlight that normally do ...Read more


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