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Autism: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Autism is a disorder of the brain characterized by difficulty communicating and socializing with others. Some patients may also have difficulty thinking and feeling. Approximately 1.5% of children in the US have some form of autism. The first signs of autism may occur by the time a child is 1.5 years old, although the disorder is usually not formally diagnosed until 2 or 3 years of age. Some children may progress normally for the first […]

Peanut Allergy: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Symptom Relief

A peanut allergy is a common type of food allergy, which occurs when an individual’s immune system overreacts to exposure to peanuts or products that contain peanut proteins. In its most severe form, a peanut allergy can result in death. About 1% of the population are allergic to peanuts whereas half of them suffer from a severe allergy. The only effective treatment for this condition is the complete removal of peanuts and foods with peanut […]

Egg Allergy: Causes, Symptoms and Avoidance List

An egg allergy occurs when a person’s immune system overreacts following exposure to eggs or egg derivatives. Eggs are among the most common triggers of food allergy in children, causing reaction in about 2% of children. An allergy to eggs typically begins in infancy and most children (ca 70%) will outgrow the condition by the age of sixteen. Susceptible people who have been exposed to an egg allergen will usually display symptoms within a few […]

Soy Allergy: Avoiding Soy-Based Food Products

Soy allergy is an adverse reaction to foods, beverages and other products derived from soybeans. It can provoke a host of symptoms, ranging from nasal congestion or diarrhea to potentially serious manifestations such as bronchospasm or anaphylaxis (a dangerous allergic reaction which involves two or more body systems). Soy is an allergen for many children but only a few adults. Soy allergy often appears in the first three months of life and disappears by the […]

Milk Allergy: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

A milk allergy is an adverse reaction of the body’s immune system to one or more proteins found in milk. It is one of the most common food allergies and can be potentially fatal. The only way of successfully treating a milk allergy is to completely remove milk and dairy products from the diet. However, a milk allergy should not be confused with lactose intolerance, which is a sensitivity to the sugar found in milk […]

Roseola Infantum: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Roseola, also known as roseola infantum, is a common childhood illness caused by a viral infection. An infection is typically accompanied by a high fever that usually lasts for about a week. Once the fever breaks, a child tends to develop a distinctive skin rash that can last from a few hours to several days. Children from the ages of six months to three years are most likely to contract roseola. However, the illness may […]

Common Types of Birth Defects

A birth defect is any physical or mental disabling or fatal abnormality in function, structure or metabolism that is present at birth. To date, medical science has identified thousands of different birth defects, ranging in severity from very minor to life-threatening. Around 3% of all newborns have some kind of birth defect. Birth defects account for more than 20% of all infant deaths and are thus the most common cause of infant death during the […]

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