Paediatric Allergy

A paediatric allergist is trained to assess, diagnose, treat and manage allergic disease in children. An allergic reaction occurs when a person’s immune system overreacts to a normal substance. Common allergens include foods such as milk, eggs, seafood and nuts, insect venom, airborne allergens from dust mites, cats and dogs.

Immune system disorders

include

asthma

,

eczema

,

hay fever

,

sinusitis

and

recurrent infections

. Investigations into the cause of symptoms can include

skin prick tests

,

patch testing

and blood tests. Ways to manage allergies depends on the type of allergy, however can include avoidance of allergens,

dietary modification

,

low allergy formula

, and referral to a

dietitian

.

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