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What causes allergies (click title for full article)?
Allergies are diseases of the immune system that cause an overreaction to substances called “allergens.” Allergies are grouped by the kind of trigger, time of year or where symptoms appear on the body: indoor and outdoor allergies (also called “hay fever,” “seasonal,” “perennial” or “nasal” allergies), food allergies, latex allergies, insect allergies, skin allergies and eye allergies. People who have allergies can live healthy and active lives.
Allergy shots for kids (excerpt copied from kids health-click here for full article?
Allergy shots help the body build immunity to specific allergens, thus eventually preventing or lessening reactions from exposure to the allergen. Allergy shots also can help kids who have both allergies and asthma have fewer asthma flare-ups.
Kids often think of their parents as invincible, so it can be tricky for parents with food allergies to determine how and when to talk to their children about their food allergies. Managing food allergies impacts the entire family, so it is important to make sure that all family members, even children, understand what it means to have a food allergy and what to do in the event of an allergic reaction.
Are allergies and asthma related in children (excerpt copied from Kidshealth-click here for full article).
Allergies do not cause a person to develop asthma. But these two conditions are related, so it’s natural to assume that one might lead to the other. Kids with allergies (especially allergies that affect the nose and eyes) are more likely to have asthma than those who don’t. The same goes for kids who have a family history of allergies or asthma — they’re more likely to develop one or both conditions.
Children with recurrent cough, wheezing, chest tightness or shortness of breath may have one or more forms of asthma.
Left untreated, asthmatic children often have less stamina than other children, or avoid physical activities to prevent coughing or wheezing. Sometimes they will complain that their chest hurts or that they can not catch their breath. Colds may go straight to their chest. Or, they may cough when sick, particularly at night.
Asthma has multiple causes, and it is not uncommon for two or more different causes to be present in one child. Asthma is more than wheezing. Coughing, recurrent bronchitis and shortness of breath, especially when exercising, are also ways that asthma appears.
Insect sting Allergies (excerpt copied from Kidshealth-click here for full article)
Insect stings usually are minor annoyances. But they can cause serious and sometimes even deadly reactions in kids who are allergic to them.
Insects that can trigger allergic reactions include honeybees, yellowjackets, hornets, wasps, and fire ants. When they sting, they inject venom into the skin.
Allergic reactions to stings usually don’t happen when a child is stung for the first time, but rather when the child is stung for a second time, or even later.
If your child has been diagnosed with an insect sting allergy, keep injectable epinephrine (a medicine that your doctor can prescribe) on hand in case of a severe reaction. Share emergency plans with anyone who cares for your child, including relatives and school officials. Also consider having your child wear a medical alert bracelet.
Talk with your child’s doctor about seeing an allergy specialist to discuss the possibility of allergy shots. These can help the body react less to insect venom, which can make a serious reaction less likely.