Pediatricians, general practitioners, internists, allergists and
pulmonologists can all treat asthma and allergies.
Allergists or immunologists are internists and pediatricians,
who have additional training in the immune system and special
skills in evaluating and treating asthma and allergies.
They become board certified when they pass an examination in the
specialty area of allergy and immunology. Because allergists tend
to see more allergic and asthmatic people than other kinds of
doctors, they are more experienced in treating them.
This is especially important because about 90 percent of
children and 50 percent of adults with asthma have allergies that
trigger asthma symptoms. Identifying and learning to control these
allergies can be the key to better asthma control.
Your primary care physician may refer you to an allergist to
test you for allergies and to get your asthma under better control.
Once your asthma and allergies are better controlled, you can
expect to visit your alle...
After my son was diagnosed with food allergies, our traveling days came to an abrupt halt. To get back in the swing of things, we started slowly getting our feet wet by staying at the homes of close relatives . Gradually, we ventured out to hotels and condos. Today, we could probably camp out overnight with the contents of my purse! Traveling with food allergies does take more preparation but it’s worth it! If you’re feeling timid about taking food allergies on the road, here are a few tips to nudge you on your way. Planes, Trains and Automobiles A lot of allergy moms shy away from plane travel but if you fly first thing in the morning, and carry on your child’s food and drink, it can be quicker and easier than driving. Check out the airline’s policy on peanut or other allergens and always make your reservation over the phone. You can explain your child’s allergies in detail. Bring your own meals, snack...
Food allergies can be a challenge at family gatherings and holiday celebrations. Potential allergens are in many of our traditional holiday foods and even in seasonal decorations. Communication and planning are the keys to safe celebrations so read through the following tips and enjoy a safe and joyful holiday season. The Dreaded Candy Dish If your child is young, teach him or her that they are never to help themselves from a candy dish without your approval. My son bit into a candy that he thought was safe, only to find out it was filled with peanut butter. Surprisingly, even candy canes can contain unexpected ingredients like milk or traces of nuts. Better to bring your own safe stash of candy to pass out as needed. Ah Nuts! The even more dreaded nut bowl. If you see one, even in a good friends home, don't be offended. There are a million things to do to prepare for the holidays and if someone has always set out a bowl of nuts, they may have purchased them on autopilot or even...
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