Detect Allergies Early

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Traci Mitchell with NAHU discusses the importance of detecting allergies early in children.

    Tracy Mitchell: Hi! I'm Tracy Mitchell with the National Association of Health Underwriters Education Foundation. Today, we're talking about the importance of detecting allergies early in children. Anaphylaxis or deadly allergic reactions is on the rise.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies have increased about 18% in the past decade including peanut allergy in children having tripled. Airborne and seasonal allergies can also cause severe asthma in children. According to the asthma and allergy foundation of America, 36,000 children miss school everyday because of asthma attacks and more than 3300 people die each year from asthma.

    According to government statistics about 3.

    3% of Americans experience anaphylaxis after an insect sting. And there are about 40 to a 100 deaths annually from insects sting related anaphylaxis. New species of bees as well as a spread of invasive bugs through travel and international importing have increased venom allergies or contact dermatitis or skin allergies is rarely fatal, it can be painful and lead to eczema scarring and many other chronic problems if not treated.

    Some food and skin and venom allergies can be detected by having a skin test performed at your doctor's office. A tiny bit of a variety of allergens are quick into the skin of the upper back.

    If a raised bump develops a test indicates a positive allergic reaction, more often than not, an allergy remains undiagnosed until it is introduced to the child system by chance. If you think your child might have allergies, have any questions or concerns about allergies and wish to have your child tested, talk to your family healthcare provider.