PEDIATRIC ALLERGY: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE

December 31, 2006

During the past 3 decades, the prevalence of asthma andallergies in children has increased steadily. Today, about 5million American children have asthma, which is the leadingcause of absence from school. The editors and authors ofthis textbook-who are recognized authorities in theirfields-discuss recent advances in the field of allergy andimmunology and tailor this new information to the specialneeds of children. Children’s immune systems are in theprocess of development; this offers special opportunities forprevention and intervention. Presented here is detailedguidance in the diagnosis and management of immunologicdiseases, upper airway allergies, asthma, food allergies, allergicskin and eye diseases, and drug allergies. Differentialdiagnoses, approaches to evaluation, environmental triggers,and both established and emerging treatments are alladdressed. The latest immune-directed therapies are discussedin depth. Photographs, graphs, tables, and figuresappear throughout the text.

During the past 3 decades, the prevalence of asthma andallergies in children has increased steadily. Today, about 5million American children have asthma, which is the leadingcause of absence from school. The editors and authors ofthis textbook--who are recognized authorities in theirfields--discuss recent advances in the field of allergy andimmunology and tailor this new information to the specialneeds of children. Children's immune systems are in theprocess of development; this offers special opportunities forprevention and intervention. Presented here is detailedguidance in the diagnosis and management of immunologicdiseases, upper airway allergies, asthma, food allergies, allergicskin and eye diseases, and drug allergies. Differentialdiagnoses, approaches to evaluation, environmental triggers,and both established and emerging treatments are alladdressed. The latest immune-directed therapies are discussedin depth. Photographs, graphs, tables, and figuresappear throughout the text.