Goals in Allergy Therapy
- Adult consumers are seeking information when they have these health conditions. And parents [are too] when they’re concerned about their children. And there’s a lot of information out there, but often someone goes to a primary care doctor – maybe an HMO, maybe not – and there’s a tendency not to want to prescribe something.
How proactive should someone be with their primary care practitioner, or in looking for a specialist, to try to deal with what could be a complex chronic condition for themselves or their child?
- Dr. Lieberman:
- Our goals in therapy, are the following: one, of course to control symptoms. And we can do that without side effects; and two, to improve those things that perhaps the patients don’t recognize as symptoms. I think the [a very] poignant example is that children who have allergies – even though they may not be complaining to their parents because children don’t do so – perform less well on tests of intellectual capacity when they have their allergies than they do when they don’t have their allergies.
Knowing this, as a parent I would be very proactive in seeing that my child was receiving therapy that not only controlled symptoms, but also improved their ability to function in society.
And the same holds true for adults. We know that people who have allergies, for example, don’t sleep well. And when they don’t sleep well, quite expectedly, they are irascible during the day.
Why go through this if you don’t have to? If medications control these symptoms and their side effects adequately, one should do that.
So, my advice to patients would be not to neglect these disorders, not to worry about the side effects from therapy, and to [get] treatment.
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