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...
Prevention Breast-feeding children for at least 4 months or more may help prevent atopic dermatitis cow milk allergy, and wheezing in early childhood. However, changing a mother's diet during pregnancy or while breast-feeding does not seem to help prevent allergy-related conditions. For most children, changing diet or special formulas does not seem to prevent these problems. If there is a family history of eczema and allergies in a parent, brother, or sister, discuss the infant feeding with your child's doctor. The timing of introduction of solid foods in general, as well as use of several specific foods, can help prevent some allergies. There is also evidence that infants exposed to certain airborne allergens (such as dust mites and cat dander) may be less likely to develop related allergies. This is called the "hygiene hypothesis" and sprang from observations that infants on farms tend to have fewer allergies than those who grow up in environments that are more sterile. Once allergies ha...
Food labels can help you compare the nutrient content of similar foods, as well as see how the food fits into your dietary eating habits. Food labels can help you understand the relationship between certain nutrients and diseases. And now, food labels are supposed to be much better at warning people who have food allergies about ingredients that may be dangerous to them. As of January 2006, food manufacturers must disclose in plain language whether products contain any of the top eight food allergens: • Milk • Eggs • Peanuts • Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts) • Fish (such as bass, cod, flounder) • Shellfish (such as crab, lobster, shrimp) • Soy • Wheat Congress passed this law, called the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Ac...
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