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Are snakes a good choice for kids with allergies?

Are snakes a good choice for kids with allergies?

Depends: The aap (american academy of pediatrics) and cdc (center for disease control) do not recommend reptiles in the home with children under 5 years of age or in homes with people who have weakened immune systems to prevent the spread of salmonella. Over 5 years old, is debatable. However, regardless, always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after contact with reptiles (or any animal). ...Read more

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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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Do children grow out of allergies?

Do children grow out of allergies?

Yes: Not all of the food allergies are created equal. Food allergies like dairy, egg, wheat tend to be outgrown. Tree nut and peanut are less likely (although recent studies suggest that 20-30% outgrow the peanut allergy). Environmental allergies tend to "grow on you" with time. Note: the allergy test may remain positive despite the child having outgrown the allergy. Consult with an allergist. ...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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Why do some children have allergies?

Why do some children have allergies?

Exposure + Genes: One needs both a genetic component and "exposure" to a said allergen to develop an allergy. There is a growing support over the past 20 years, that growing up in an environment which is "too clean" can also lead to development of allergies down the road. Either way, allergies are on the rise. ...Read more

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My child has allergies. What can I do?

My child has allergies. What can I do?

Change diet.: 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. ...Read more

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How are children tested for allergies?

How are children tested for allergies?

See below: They are tested the same as everyone else. They can have skin testing performed by an allergist, or blood work ordered by their primary care provider. ...Read more

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How do I know if my child has allergies?

How do I know if my child has allergies?

Allergies: Sneezing, itching, runny nose, watery eyes, loose stools, lethargic, confused, to name just a few symptoms. A blood test can pin point the allergens. I am not a big fan of the skin allergy test. ...Read more

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Can I take a child with allergies outside?

Can I take a child with allergies outside?

Allergist: Allergy affects 20-30% of americans. Don't create a neurosis over this. I agree that some allergies are bad enough to need treatment from an allergist or your gp but only rarely requires isolation. ...Read more

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Who do you diagnose a child with allergies?

Who do you diagnose a child with allergies?

See below: A lot of the diagnosis can be based on the history of your child's problems, and the exam. Then specific testing can be through blood work or skin testing. ...Read more

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How can I understand what allergies my child has?

How can I understand what allergies my child has?

Good question...: Skin rashes are usually food or contact allergy, cough and nasal allergies are usually to airborne allergens (dust, pollen, animal dander). For food allergy, observe what seems to make it worse -- food diary is a useful tool. For airborne, the rule of thumb is, tree pollen in the spring, grass pollen in the summer, weed pollen in the fall, dust and animal dander year round but worse in winter. ...Read more

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How are children tested for allergies these days?

How are children tested for allergies these days?

Allergy testing: Usually encompasses skin and/or serum (blood) test which are consistent with the child's clinical history. ...Read more

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How often should children be tested for allergies?

How often should children be tested for allergies?

It depends: It really depends on the age of the child, and whether you're talking about food or environmental allergies. I generally will skin test children over age 2 for environmental allergies, while many younger kids need food testing. In terms of frequency, children with environmental allergies may benefit from repeat testing after 2 years, as their allergies can change as they get older. ...Read more

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Where can I find information about children allergy?

Where can I find information about children allergy?

Website: Go to your pediatrician and ask about specific symptoms. The website www.healthychildren.org is useful for many pediatric conditions ...Read more

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Will my kids be affected like me because of allergies?

Will my kids be affected like me because of allergies?

Potentially: The risk of allergic disease in the general population is about 20%. This increases to 50% if one parent is allergic, and 70-80% if both parents are allergic. Early allergy symptoms such as sneezing can be treated with over-the-counter antihistamines, but if there is nasal congestion causing mouth breathing at night, or coughing with exertion or laughing, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Why is it that so many children have allergies nowadays?

Why is it that so many children have allergies nowadays?

Hygiene hypothesis: The immune system has two opposing arms, one makes protective antibodies against bacteria and viruses, the other makes allergic antibody. One theory is that early antibiotic use disrupts the gut flora which tips the scale away from fighting infection and more toward making allergic antibodies. Clean environments might be at fault as well, farm kids don't get allergies as much as city kids. ...Read more

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What to do if a child anan allergy to something they eat ?

What to do if a child anan allergy to something they eat ?

Avoidance: Is the first and only measure available, antihistamines and epinephrine as needed for accidental exposure, allergist evaluation and follow up if complex or severe, good luck ...Read more

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What would be a good dog or cat for a child with allergies?

What would be a good dog or cat for a child with allergies?

Depends: If one is allergic to cats or dogs then no cat or dog would be good for an individual with allergies and allergic to cat or dog. ...Read more

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What "corn substitute" can a child with corn allergies eat?

What "corn substitute" can a child with corn allergies eat?

Www.foodallergy.org: From the food allergy and anaphylaxis newtwork website: allergic reactions to corn are rare and a relatively small number of case reports can be found in medical literature. However, the reports do indicate that reactions to corn can be severe. Reactions to corn can occur from both raw and cooked corn. Individuals who are indeed allergic to corn may also react to corn and grass pollen. ...Read more