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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.