Allergies 101

Everyone wants to know the basic, down-to-earth, nuts and bolts of allergies; what causes them and how to treat them. Allergies 101 is the crash course of allergy symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Allergies in Children

Allergies in children are extremely common. The statistics are staggering and the incidence of childhood allergies and childhood asthma is increasing dramatically. It is estimated that over 8 million children in the U.S. have allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, and over 5 million have childhood asthma.

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Allergies: Symptoms from A-Z

Allergies and their resultant symptoms can vary widely, depending on the nature of the allergic reaction and the organ systems involved. The symptoms from allergies can result from contact of the allergen with the skin, from breathing the allergen, or from ingesting the allergen.

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Allergy Diagnosis

To help you manage your or your child’s allergy symptoms most effectively, your allergist must first determine what is causing your allergy. Once the specific allergen(s) causing symptoms have been identified through allergy testing, you and your allergist can develop a treatment plan aimed at controlling or eliminating your allergy symptoms.

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Common Allergy Symptoms

You can spot them from across the room - tissue in hand, sneezing, sniffling, blowing their nose, tearing, and rubbing their eyes. This is a common presentation for millions of children and adults who suffer from the misery of allergies. If fortunate, these symptoms are but a minor inconvenience, but, if severe, they can significantly affect one’s quality of life.

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What is an Allergy?

An allergy is the immune system’s over-response or over-reaction to a normally harmless substance in the environment. This substance, called an allergen, can be inhaled, ingested, or exposure can occur through any direct contact, even through the skin.

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When should you consult an allergist?

The question of when to consult an allergist is a frequently asked question. This is especially true in light of the fact that approximately 50 million Americans have asthma, hay fever, or other allergy symptoms. Primary care physicians, especially pediatricians, are on the front line in the recognition of allergy symptoms and in allergy treatment and asthma treatment.

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