When a person’s immune system has an overactive reaction to a substance that’s otherwise harmless to other people, it causes a reaction like hives or sneezing. Some children may develop anaphylaxis. It’s an allergic reaction that’s potentially fatal, causing the throat to become swollen and preventing your child from breathing.
Children, teens, and adults can have allergies to the environment and foods.
Common environmental allergens include:
Common food allergens include:
There are several common side effects children may experience when experiencing an allergic reaction. Skin conditions, such as rashes or hives, may develop after eating certain foods. Your child may also complain of stomach aches or nausea.
For other allergies, your child may cough or sneeze frequently or experience itchy eyes. In some cases, children report difficulty breathing during an allergic reaction.
If your family members are prone to allergies, it’s possible your child will develop allergies, too, because allergies can be hereditary.
Dr. Sadrieh and Dr. Hussain recommend a safe and noninvasive blood test to confirm specific allergies. You’ll also need to provide your child’s medical history and a list of symptoms they’ve described.
Regardless of your child’s age, it’s best to bring them in for a regular examination with Dr. Sadrieh and Dr. Hussain. The exam can diagnose the specific allergies your child has so they can get the most effective, adequate treatment for their symptoms.
If your child needs treatment, they may recommend medications, such as over-the-counter or prescription allergy medications. For severe allergies, they may recommend an epinephrine dose called an EpiPen®.
An EpiPen is a shot you give to your child when they’re experiencing severe symptoms, including swelling and the inability to breathe. EpiPens decrease the severity of symptoms so your child can get the medical help they need.
Know what causes your child’s painful, uncomfortable allergy symptoms and treat them by bringing them to Advanced Pediatrics Medical Group. Call the clinic today or book your child’s appointment online to get the answers you need.
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