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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?

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?

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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