Allergies

Allergies Specialist
Allergies can develop at any age. The doctors at LG Pediatrics help children, from babies to teens, with diagnosis and treatment of allergies. South Bay parents can take advantage of the comprehensive allergy care provided by Dr. Belinda Milford, Dr. Iris Li, and Dr. Michael Triantos at their Los Gatos, San Jose and Campbell, California office. Call LG Pediatrics to make an appointment or use the convenient online booking tool.

Allergies Q & A

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When should I suspect my child has an allergy?

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.

What causes an allergic reaction?

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.

How are allergies diagnosed?

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.

What types of allergies affect children and adolescents?

Allergies can affect children’s respiratory system, digestion, or skin.

Environmental allergies may occur due to:

  • Pollen
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Air pollution

Indoors, allergies often arise because of:

  • Pet hair or dander
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Perfume
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Household chemicals

Allergies that often affect digestion include:

  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Fish and shellfish

What complications can occur because of allergies?

In addition to making your child uncomfortable, allergies can have serious health consequences. Allergies can:

  • Trigger asthma attacks
  • Cause severe nasal congestion
  • Lead to ear infections
  • Cause itchy skin
  • Cause burning rashes on the face, torso, legs, and arms

Some food allergies can send a child into anaphylaxis, which is characterized by:

  • An inability to breathe
  • A drop in blood pressure
  • Shock

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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