Friday, October 25, 2013

Spring, summer, fall worst for allergies, Loyola specialists says

Dr. Joyce Rabbat, a Pediatric allergist, talks with WJOL

Dr. Joyce Rabbat, a Pediatric allergist, talks about how seasonal allergies are very common and affect children during the spring, summer and fall. She says that pollutants tend to worsen the symptoms for children.

She talks about how testing for allergies in children is very easy. The doctor will just scratch the skin with different allergens and then wait to see if any react. Normally a doctor will test for 32 different types.

It's best to avoid those allergens that trigger allergic attacks. If the reaction is mild, then there are many over-the-counter medicines. If the allergy is more severe, then the physician will prescribe a medication. Children can also become desensitized through a series of weekly shots.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 888-LUHS-888 (888-584-7888).

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.