An integrative medicine review of primary prevention of allergy in pediatrics

Henna Boolchandani, Randy Horwitz, Gary Soffer

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Abstract

The prevalence of allergic disease has been rapidly increasing in the developed world for over fifty years. The prevention of allergic disease remains one of the most elusive topics in medicine. Integrative medicine emphasizes prevention of disease and utilizes many interventions to help modify long-term outcomes of health. Primary prevention refers to the arrest of manifestations of a disease before they present clinically. Preventing allergy is not simply about preventing sensitization, but also about developing tolerance. This narrative review article will discuss integrative medicine approaches that may help to prevent atopic disease in the pediatric population. It is organized chronologically to aid in counseling patients: 1) prevention during pregnancy and 2) prevention after birth. While research into allergy prevention is in its infancy, Integrative Medicine is well-suited to provide many insights into the prevention and mitigation of atopic disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102695
JournalComplementary Therapies in Medicine
Volume58
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Allergy
  • Integrative medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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