If your child frequently develops skin rashes or hives, experiences stomachaches or nausea after eating specific foods, or coughs and sneezes a lot, they may have allergies. Swelling, itching and watery eyes, and trouble breathing are other symptoms.You can definitely suspect allergies if other people in your family have them too. Allergies have a strong genetic factor.
When a child’s immune system overreacts to stimuli it interprets as an invader, it goes into overdrive to fight it off. The body releases chemicals to protect you, but they cause the symptoms of an allergy, such as runny nose, hives, and vomiting.
Subsequent exposure to the allergen will cause the allergy again. Some allergies only happen during certain times of the year, such as with seasonal pollen allergies.
When performing an allergy assessment, the doctors at LG Pediatrics take into consideration the child’s complete medical history and make a thorough review symptoms. Blood tests may be needed to confirm certain allergies. In many cases pharmaceutical treatments can help control your child’s allergies.
Allergies can affect children’s respiratory system, digestion, or skin.
Environmental allergies may occur due to:
Indoors, allergies often arise because of:
Allergies that often affect digestion include:
In addition to making your child uncomfortable, allergies can have serious health consequences. Allergies can:
Some food allergies can send a child into anaphylaxis, which is characterized by:
Anaphylaxis is life threatening, but treatments to stop it are available. The doctors at LG Pediatrics will discuss the use of an epinephrine auto-injector in case of an emergency. Epinephrine reduces swelling and raises low blood pressure when a child – or anyone – goes into anaphylactic shock.
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