An allergic reaction occurs when a person’s immunity system disagrees with a certain substances. It does so by fighting the substances and sending messages to the body while trying to eliminate the substance from the system. This reaction then leads to various problems.
Signs of an Allergic Reaction
Allergy symptoms are often seen in the form of runny noses, sneezing and watery eyes. Other people could get itchy skin. Some people even break out in hives and start to get boils all over their skin with pale centers. A skin rash can occur on any part of the body and may get very severe. Swelling under the skin also occurs in certain circumstances and this could cause problems with the airways and lead to asthma related conditions.
Diagnosing an Allergic Reaction
Certain simple tests are used to determine what a person is allergic to. The most common way is to avoid certain foods or climatic conditions and record when and where the allergy gets worse. An allergy also often runs in the family so if you have a relative who suffers from allergic reactions, there is a higher likelihood that you could suffer from one too. Allergy testing may be conducted where the skin is pierced and then a number of different diluted solutions which contain substances like pollen, food, fur, dust and other common allergens are placed on the skin. Your skin will react to the substances which it is allergic to.
Preventing an Allergic Reaction
The best preventive measure is to try and stay away from the allergen. This could mean that you avoid keeping pets in the house, stay away from dusty and damp areas, air condition the rooms that you spend most of your time in, exterminate the house regularly, stop using certain drugs or stay away from certain kinds of food. For some people, it may be impossible to stay away from the allergen. A process called immunotherapy is available which helps to desensitize a person to the allergen. The effectiveness of this procedure varies depending on the person.
Treating an Allergic Reaction
The most common way of treating an allergic reaction is to take an antihistamine. This comes in various forms ranging from oral pills to nasal sprays. An antihistamine blocks the histamine in the body and helps to prevent the spread of the allergy. However, it does not prevent the allergy in any way.
In the worst case scenario, an allergy shot can be administered. It is ideal to stay away from the shot as far as possible, but if you have a very bad reaction, it is better to get the allergy shot in order to control the reaction. Severe reactions require an immediate trip to the emergency room.
An allergic reaction is caused by the immunity system fighting against a foreign body. This could lead to various symptoms that affect a person. They can be prevented and controlled by finding out the allergen and staying away from it. Serious allergies should be shown to a doctor immediately. Call Pediatric Partners if this occurs to your child.
When your child is sick, it’s a stressful time for everyone. It can be even more stressful when the cause of the ailment cannot be determined right away. If your child continuously falls ill without explanation, it could mean that he/she has developed allergies. To find the cause, your child should undergo allergy testing and be monitored for any related symptoms that may arise.
FACTORS THAT TRIGGER ALLERGIES AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT THEM
There are several factors that can cause a child to develop allergies.
THE FIRST IS GENETICS.
If one or both parents have had allergies in the past, even if they were outgrown, the child may be predisposed to allergy development.
Prevention can start as early as pregnancy, while the child is still in the womb. If there is a history of food allergies, the mother can help her child from developing them by not eating those foods during pregnancy.
Later on, when it is time to introduce solid foods, you can test food allergies by only introducing one type of food at a time. If your child shows signs of being allergic, then you will know exactly what ingredients triggered the reaction. You will be able to explain this to your pediatrician with confidence, and can also help prevent future allergic reactions.
ANOTHER FACTOR IS ENVIRONMENT.
HEPA filters should be used in homes with children. These filters should take care of most dust, pollen, and mold allergens that can be found within the home.
Hypoallergenic bedding, clothing, and carpeting will help prevent symptoms from developing.
Pet dander can be controlled by frequent brushing and washing. Additionally, multiple pets in the home can actually desensitize children to dander.
Keep in mind that every time your child sneezes and wheezes, it does not necessarily mean that they have an allergy. Allergy symptoms will also include things like rashes, nausea, vomiting and difficulty breathing. However, if you are unsure of the diagnosis, please take your child to their pediatrician immediately. Be ready to recount everything that may have caused the reaction, and the doctor will run tests to confirm the triggers.
Don’t let your child suffer unnecessarily. Call us today. Our caring professionals at Pediatric Partners will help you solve the mystery.
Summer is supposed to be a fun and exciting time for kids, and no child wants to spend it constantly sick. If your child has summer allergies, you need to understand what causes them, what symptoms to watch out for, and how you can treat them.
COMMON CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS OF SUMMER ALLERGIES
The biggest culprit during the spring and summer for triggering allergies is pollen. Trees, weeds and grasses create the most pollen during this time, and because each species sheds its pollen at different times, the potential for pollen allergies is high. Pollen allergies are often referred to as hay fever, and often result in itchy or runny noses, itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, and coughing. One particular pollen, ragweed, has also been known to cause Oral Allergy Syndrome, which can often be mistaken as a food allergy. Certain fruits and vegetables can carry the pollen from the crop to the store and then to your home. An allergic reaction, like a swollen throat, can occur if your child touches or eats anything contaminated with the pollen. Always wash foods like bananas, melons, cucumbers, strawberries and apples carefully.
Next on the list for outdoor triggers are insect bites, including stings from bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets. These can be very dangerous, and may cause swelling and itching on the skin, as well as dizziness, nausea and swelling of the throat or tongue. If your child plays in areas rampant with these insects, it can mean a trip to the emergency room each time they get stung. Inspect the play area beforehand and remind children to never go toward a nest or intentionally aggravate these insects. Also remind them to notify an adult immediately if they find swarms or nests.
Even the home can be a breeding ground for summer allergies. Dust, mold, the tracking of pollen and pet dander are often the most common triggers found inside. These airborne allergens can cause your child to develop symptoms that mimic an asthma attack, which includes breathing difficulties, swelling of the airways, and shortness of breath. Another tiny, invisible indoor trigger that has been making a comeback all over the country is the dust mite. This annoying bug thrives during the summer, and loves to nest in fabric. This means that your child’s bed, clothes and even his/her toy chest could be infested with these little critters.
Should your child show any of the symptoms we have outlined, take them to see the doctor immediately. Since summer allergies can strike without warning, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Some parents never know their child is allergic until a reaction happens. Once diagnosed, antihistamines, decongestants, and prescription allergy shots will often treat all symptoms that occur. For insect bites and serious allergies, epinephrine will help with recovery.
Want to learn more about summer allergies? Our team at Pediatric Partners wants your child to be as healthy as possible during the summer and all year round. Call us today to make an appointment.
There are over 50 million people in the United States who suffer from some form of allergies. In most people, allergies manifest at a young age, and it is not uncommon for children to suffer from them without warning, even if they may have never exhibited symptoms of allergic reactions in the past. Allergies can be a parents worst nightmare. While some allergic reactions cause nothing more than a runny nose or teary eyes, some can be fatal. Children are particularly susceptible to severe allergic reactions because their immune systems are not as fully developed as those in adults, and they are less able to cope with the symptoms.
Allergic reactions can be triggered by the most unexpected of objects or substances. Some of the more common triggers are animal fur, cockroaches and nuts. There are hundreds of thousands of children across the United States who suffer from these particular allergies. But what about those children who are allergic to bread, cornflakes or their own sweat? There is simply no way to identify these allergies without comprehensive medical testing.
TESTING AND TREATMENT
If your child suffers from allergic reactions or you would like to have your child tested for potential allergies, then we can provide you with the peace of mind that you need to know your child is safe. We are familiar with all types of allergic reactions, and have the necessary expertise for fast identification of symptoms in the event that your child requires emergency treatment.
While treatment is available for the whole range of different types of allergic reaction, there is no substitute for early detection. The degree of danger presented by allergic reactions cannot be overstated – it is far better to know, even before the first allergic reaction, whether or not your child has allergies.
There are a number of allergies that gradually become worse the more times the allergy is triggered, and something that only caused a runny nose the first time could lead to life threatening symptoms after several reactions. This is why it is so important to know exactly what your child is allergic to, and to keep them away from the triggers at all costs. In case of emergencies, it is critical for parents to be aware of these triggers so that they can take decisive action. Preparedness could mean the difference between life and death.
Children shouldn’t have to suffer unnecessarily with from allergies. Call Pediatric Partners today so we can help manage your child’s allergic symptoms.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR CHILD’S ALLERGY TESTING
As a child grows, they may show signs of developing allergies that may have been prevalent in other family members. Allergies can be passed along from generation to generation, and it is possible for subtle changes to occur in how mild or strong those allergies may be. If you have a family history that contains allergies, it is best to have your child undergo allergy testing to prevent the possibility of serious attacks.
COMMON CHILDHOOD ALLERGIES
Skin allergies are very common when it comes to childhood allergies and will often take the form of a rash when they occur. This is in reaction to certain foods, plants or chemicals, and can show up even after taking a particular medication or after taking a vitamin supplement.
There are two main forms of skin allergies: Eczema and Hives.
Eczema will appear as red patches of irritated skin. It can be very itchy or ooze liquids.
Hives will appear as red welts or bumps on the skin.
Asthma and hay fever are also very common allergies that can develop during childhood. Signs of asthma include wheezing, coughing and a tight feeling in the chest. Hay fever will leave a child feeling stuffy, sneezing frequently, and itching, usually around the eyes. Food allergies can induce vomiting, stomach cramps, rashes, headaches and diarrhea.
TESTING FOR ALLERGIES
Allergy tests are not normally performed on any child under the age of four, except for blood tests to rule out certain conditions. However, blood testing is not as accurate as skin prick, and is the one sure way of determining what allergies your child may have. If your child is under the age of four, check with your pediatrician about alternate testing methods.
During the skin prick test, a prepared plastic panel containing prepared allergens will be gently applied to the surface of your child’s back. Positive results for an allergy to any substance contained in that panel will reveal themselves within 15 minutes of pressing them onto the skin. Itchiness is a common complaint after the test but there are normally no other reactions to worry about.
Allergy testing done in this manner will reveal whether your child is allergic to any of the common allergens such as trees, grass, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, and many more. The good news is that allergies are manageable, and your pediatrician will work with you to develop a treatment and maintenance plan for your child.
Want to know more about allergy testing and what it means for your child? Call Pediatric Partners today, and we will work together with you to keep your child allergy-free.
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