Learn about Allergy Treatments from Dr. Michael Marcus, MD Pediatric Pulmonary DrMDK.com
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Male: If the kid is allergic, are there any treatments that need to be made to get a sense, or some things that you know that the kid is allergic to? Dr. Marcus: There are two approaches to treating allergies. One approach is to use medications to treat the symptoms but treating the symptoms of allergies does not change the fact that the patient remains allergic to those substances and so the medications become chronically needed whenever symptoms occur. The other approach is to desensitize the patient, that is to use allergy shots to decrease the sensitivity of the patient to the allergens. By doing this the patient will eventually be able to tolerate exposure to the allergen without developing symptoms. Allergy shots do not work for everybody but when they do work they are a very helpful treatment in preventing allergy symptoms.