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2.1 Allergy treatment: Doctors: see an allergist!




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This article is from the Children Allergies and Asthma FAQ, by Eileen Kupstas Soo kupstas@cs.unc.edu with numerous contributions by others.

2.1 Allergy treatment: Doctors: see an allergist!

For both asthma and allergies, a doctor in general practice may not
recognize allergies. Some doctors do recognize and treat allergies
while others do not. An allergist (sometimes listed as "Allergies and
Immunology") specializes in this particular area and are up-to-date (we
hope!) on treatments. As with any doctor, it is good to get
recommendations from your doctor, friends, or professional
orgnizations. If you are not comfortable with one allergist, try
another. For children, there are allergists who specialize in pediatric
allergies or advertise that they treat children. Though any allergist
can treat adults or children, it sometimes helps to have one who
definitely *likes* children and respects the differences between adults
and children.

ASTHMA: Pediatricians seem reluctant to use the term asthma. This
bugs my allergist (and me), because he feels it precludes proper
treatment sometimes. If you see any asthma symptoms and are poo-pooed
by the pediatrician, see an allergist! This seems most often the case
with an allergic kid who coughs every morning. I've heard MANY stories
of pediatricians who, at most, tell parents to use an antihistamine
(worse, cold medicine; worst, don't worry). Then the child ends up in
acute distress in the hospital!

Allergists are most up to date on asthma treatment, which really
matters. Allergists can often pinpoint particular allergens to avoid,
from testing or only history! Allergists will tell you which
environmental changes to make.

Amy Uhrbach (amydane@harwood.iii.net)
Eileen Kupstas Soo (kupstas@cs.unc.edu)



 

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