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The 2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) reported that 10% of US children under age 18 suffer from respiratory allergies, 8.4% from hay fever, 5.4% from food allergies and 11.6% from skin allergies. Orlando, and several other Florida cities (including Tampa, Lakeland, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Miami and others) consistently appear among the top 100 “Asthma Capitals” in the US, as ranked by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Orlando ranked #64 in 2015. Allergies increase histamine and other


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infl ammatory properties in the body. Infl ammation in a child’s body can develop into serious conditions, such as ADHD, anxiety, behavioral disorders, sleep disturbances and other illnesses. The infl ammation from repeated ear infections can affect speech and long- term hearing. Food allergies are scary and cause anxiety for both parents and children, too. Naturally, we want to test for and treat allergies before they worsen and cause other serious infl ammatory illnesses.


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hildren’s allergies have become epidemic in this country; they can begin as early as birth!


How Do I Know If My Child Needs Allergy Testing? Usually, severity and duration of allergy- related symptoms will answer this question. Your child’s quality of life can be seriously diminished if she/he deals with constant symptoms. Related allergy symptoms include asthma, hives, eczema, chronic sinus/ear infections, runny nose/nasal congestion, itchy nose/eyes/throat, coughing, sneezing, headaches and fatigue. In addition to the list above, food allergies can cause gastrointestinal problems and severe reactions.


How Is Allergy Testing Done? Allergy testing can be done via blood test or a skin scratch test. This involves a brief series of scratches or pinpricks on the back or arm with small amounts of allergen. Your doctor looks for areas of red or raised skin to determine which allergens are causing problems. No allergy test is 100% accurate— some patients can score very low on allergy tests, but show clear allergy symptoms. For that reason, most doctors combine the test results and your child’s detailed health history when recommending treatment.


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