Key Points About Allergies in Children
- Allergies are problems of the immune system. Most allergic reactions happen when the immune system reacts to a “false alarm.”
- Allergic reactions are often caused by tree, grass and weed pollens, latex, molds, dust mites, foods and medicines.
- Tests used to diagnosed allergies include skin tests, blood tests or challenge tests.
- The three most effective ways to treat allergies are avoidance, allergy shots (immunotherapy) and medicine.
- Working with your child's healthcare provider or allergist can help reduce or get rid of allergies.
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