Allergy Testing and Treatment Program
Allergies and asthma are the most common chronic diseases among children in the United States. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if one parent has allergies, there is a 25% chance that a child will also be allergic. If both parents have allergies, that risk more than doubles to 60-70%.
The term allergy refers to an immune response to a normally harmless substance which can sometimes result in other conditions including asthma, hay fever and eczema. With 4 in 10 children having some type of allergy, they account for about 2 million missed school days each year.
Types of Allergies
Allergies affect an estimated 40 to 50 million people in the United States including children. They exist in many different forms and are categorized in the following types:
- Insect Sting
- Allergic Rhinitis
- Sinus Infection
Holly Springs Pediatrics now offers in-office allergy testing for children using the Pediatric Allergy Solutions method.
The test is fast, easy and not traumatic for children. With the prick of a finger, this unique next-generation FDA approved blood test detects 180 airborne, environmental and food allergies. For comparison, the standard scratch test typically detects 40-50.
It combines a 67 non-inhalant food panel and a 9 non-inhalant environmental panel with a 104 environmental inhalant panel to include testing for various insects, latex, penicillin, animals, fungi, grass, molds, trees, weeds and more.
Allergy Treatment Program
Americans spend more than $17.5 billion on antihistamines, decongestants, inhalers, and steroids each year in the form of pills, ointments, creams, eye drops and nasal sprays. But when it comes to children, parents are often unsure of how to choose the right medicine. An estimated 1 out of 7 parents have given their child allergy medicine labeled for adults.
Based on the results of your child’s blood test, your pediatrician will write a 90-day prescription for Allerdent®. This unique FDA-approved allergen serum to non-food based allergies is mixed into Allerdent®’s OMIT base to create a berry or mint flavored toothpaste that can be picked up at the Holly Springs Pediatrics office.
With this specially formulated toothpaste, kids can immediately begin brushing away their allergies–a method that is easy to implement and saves both time and money compared to weekly immunotherapy shots or sublingual drops.
Most symptoms significantly reduce within months. Your child’s pediatrician will monitor progress with quarterly checkups and measure results with annual re-testing.
Schedule an Allergy Test
If you think your child may have an allergy, call Holly Springs Pediatrics at (919) 249-4700 to schedule an appointment today.