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Allergies and Asthma

What is contact dermatitis?

Thursday, August 8, 2013, 6:00 AM
The term contact dermatitis may not be familiar, but you or your child have experienced it before if you’ve had an allergic reaction to poison ivy or oak. Contact dermatitis involves more of a delayed response, unlike nasal allergies and hives that are mediated by an antibody. The best examples... Read more

Parents warn that food allergies can be life-threatening

Monday, August 5, 2013, 5:00 AM
Recently, a 13-year-old girl in Sacramento, CA, died of anaphylaxis after ingesting a rice krispies treat coated with peanut butter, to which she was extremely allergic. In this tragic case, even though everything possible was done to save her, including the swift administration of epinephrine (Epi-pen)... Read more

What causes hives?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 6:00 AM
Hives – red, splotchy, itchy, raised patches or welts that seem to “bloom” suddenly on the skin – are quite common in both children and adults. About 10 to 25 percent of people will get them at least once during their lives. The welts typically move from place to place on the... Read more

Do vitamins help with allergy symptoms?

Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6:00 AM
Before you rush out to get these vitamins for your kids suffering from allergies, what you should know is that there isn’t much clinical evidence which demonstrates vitamins having a significant impact on allergies. Some preliminary studies do suggest that certain vitamins may have effects on... Read more

How can I help clean up the air?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
It’s time to take some action when it comes to cleaning up our air. Sensible regulation is needed to avoid the current situation in Chinese cities – air pollution so bad that people are actually afraid to go outside at times. Johnny Carson used to joke that he was uncomfortable leaving... Read more

Do U.S. kids have higher odds of developing allergies than foreign-born kids?

Monday, May 6, 2013, 10:02 AM
Children born outside the United States have significantly lower odds of developing allergic disorders, including asthma, eczema, hay fever, and food allergies, according to a recent study in JAMA Pediatrics. The study also found kids born outside the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for longer than 10... Read more

4 allergy myths debunked

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 5:55 AM
It’s time to dispel some allergy myths that I often encounter: Hypoallergenic dogs. Is your child allergic to dogs, but really wants one as a pet? Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. At some point the notion was put forth, possibly by dog breeders, that certain short-haired... Read more

Check for active ingredients on your child's medications

Friday, March 15, 2013, 9:49 AM
With allergy season right around the corner, a child could easily be taking multiple medications for allergies, and a cold or cough. Parents need to check for a medication’s active ingredient because a child could experience a reaction if those medicines have the same active ingredient,... Read more

Does your child have oral allergy syndrome?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 5:55 AM
Has your child ever told you that certain foods cause tingling and itching in and around the mouth and the back of the throat? Does this occur within minutes of eating the food? If your child also has seasonal allergies, it’s likely that this reaction is oral allergy syndrome. These symptoms... Read more

Keeping kids with food allergies safe on Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 9:24 AM
Valentine’s Day usually means celebrations and exchanges with chocolate and other treats, and marks a popular time for parties and dates involving food. While it’s tempting to just dig in, children and teens with food allergies need to be aware that many of these foods contain common... Read more
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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D Jefferson Medical College
Mario Cruz, M.D. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Crozer-Keystone Health System
Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, R.D. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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