Who is a Pediatric Allergy Specialist?
A pediatric allergist is a specialist, who deals with the allergic problems of children.
Pediatric allergy is a sub specialization of pediatrics. After pediatric residency of 5 years, a 3-year education fellowship program of ‘Pediatric Allergy’ is completed and certified after board examination.
Pediatric allergists deal with the allergic problems of children in between 0-18 years of age.
Pediatric Allergy concerns with the allergic disorders such as;
- Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
- Wheezing (wheezy infants)
- Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
- Urticaria (hives)
- Contact dermatitis
- Eye Allergies (allergic rhinoconjunctivitis)
- Food Allergies
- Drug Allergies
- Insect Allergies
- Occupational Allergies
- Anaphylaxis (allergic shock)
It is essential that a child with complaints of allergy should be evaluated in a systematic manner by a pediatric allergist. Allergy is not only an organ specific disorder, but a systemic response of our immune system to allergens.
Relevant diagnostic methods and guideline based treatment options and follow-up should be planned by a pediatric allergist.
It should be kept in mind that children are not small adults. By knowing the natural course of allergic disorders, and possible impacts on stage of child development, ‘Pediatric Allergists’ will supply a proper management and follow-up program for allergic disorders in children.