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Asthma & Allergies

All About Allergies

Millions of Americans, including many kids, have an allergy. Find out how allergies are diagnosed and how to keep them under control.

Allergy Shots

Many kids battle allergies year-round, and some can't control their symptoms with medications. For them, allergy shots (or allergen immunotherapy) can help.

Dealing With Triggers: Cockroaches

Find out how to limit exposure to cockroaches if they make your child's asthma or allergies worse.

Dealing With Triggers: Dust Mites

If dust mites make your child's asthma or allergies worse, here's how to limit exposure to them.

Dealing With Triggers: Irritants

If strong scents, smoke, and smog make your child's asthma or allergies worse, learn how to limit contact with these irritants.

Dealing With Triggers: Pollen

If pollen makes your child's asthma or allergies worse, learn how to limit exposure it.

Do Allergies Cause Asthma?

Allergies don't cause asthma, but kids who have allergies are more likely to get asthma.

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Eczema can be an itchy nuisance and cause scratching that makes the problem worse. Many kids who have eczema today will be over it by the time they're teens.

Seasonal Allergies (Hay Fever)

At various times of the year, pollen and mold spores trigger the cold-like symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. Most kids find relief through reduced exposure to allergens or with medicines.