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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?

Ideally by avoidance

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

Likely

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

Cold & allergy

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

Any age

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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.
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Dr. Gary Moss answered:

When I give my child allergy meds, his eyes have a yellow discharge and get swollen, is this normal?

No

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This is an atypical response. The point of allergy medications is to provide relief. In your child's case, they appear to be making things worse. Your doctor needs to explore why and to consider other therapies.
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Will a new cat give your child allergies or will it prevent your child from getting allergies; or neither?

Could go either way

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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.
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Dr. Gary C. Steven answered:

How best to stop your child's seasonal allergies?

Immunotherapy

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It is difficult to avoid seasonal allergens, so we often use medications first. These due a great job of reducing the effects of the inflammatory response to allergens, but allergy shots work best - they desensitize your child so there is no allergic inflammation in the first place. Further, it is only shots, not medications, that reduce the likelihood of your child developing asthma over time.
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How can i help my child's food allergies, without know exactly what he is allergic to?

Consult an allergist

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An allergist can help you by carefully evaluating your child's history of potential reactions to foods, and selecting the appropriate testing to confirm the clinical impression of allergy. It is also possible that your child does not have any food allergies at all.
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Dr. Cornelia Franz answered:

My child has allergies. What can I do?

Change diet.

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Allergies often have their rrot cause in intestinal dysfunction. In Chinese Medicine, it is said that 95% of all illness in children under 5 stems form digestive disorder. We take a good history, suggest dietary changes, refer to appropriate specialists when indicated and suggest nontraditional treatments in conjunction with parental cooperation.
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