Pharmacologic Management of Common Immune and Allergic Conditions in Children

Immune and allergic conditions account for an inordinate number of missed school days, consumption of pharmacologics, and morbidity in children. This presentation includes a discussion of the most common rheumatologic diseases in children, including juvenile idiopathic arthritis and the most common immune respiratory ailment in children—asthma. In addition, other conditions including atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, oral allergy syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, and secondary infections that may accompany these conditions are described. The most up-to-date management options, including pharmacologic management and the use of biologics for these conditions is also discussed.

Objectives: Following this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe symptoms seen in common immune and allergic conditions in children, including symptomatic presentations of juvenile idiopathic arthritis, asthma, systemic lupus erythematosus, and atopic dermatitis, among others
  2. Discuss current treatment regimens for common immune and allergic conditions in children
  3. Differentiate between topical and systemic medications, in addition to biologic and other pharmacologic modulators of immunologic conditions in children