FAQs About Allergies in Children

FAQs About Allergies in Children

How your pediatrician in Vancouver, and Longview, WA, can help your child get relief from allergies

If your child has allergies, the symptoms can make your child miserable. A child’s nasal passages, sinuses, and airways are small, so they can get blocked easily, making it difficult for your child to breathe. Fortunately, your pediatrician can help your child get relief from allergies.

The pediatricians at Child & Adolescent Clinic provide comprehensive medical services for children, including allergy testing and treatment. They have two convenient office locations in Vancouver, and Longview, WA, to help your child get relief from allergies.

If your child suffers from allergies, you need to know more. These are a few frequently asked questions and answers about allergies in children:

What Causes Allergies?

Allergies are caused by exposure to an allergen, which is a substance that causes an adverse reaction when your child is exposed to it.

What Are Some Common Allergens?

Allergens can come in many forms, including types of plants, environmental substances, and foods. Some of the most common allergens are:

  • Grasses and trees
  • Plant and flower pollens
  • Pet hair and dander
  • Dust mites and mold
  • Peanuts, shellfish, and dairy

What Are Some Signs and Symptoms of Allergies?

Allergies can affect your child’s respiratory system, skin, and gastrointestinal system, causing signs and symptoms like these:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itchy, runny nose
  • Sneezing, coughing, or wheezing
  • Rashes that can itch or burn
  • Breathing problems
  • Sore throat or nausea

How Are Allergies Diagnosed?

The first step in allergy treatment is to find out what your child is allergic to, using allergy testing. Skin tests, blood tests, and challenge tests are common ways to determine which allergens cause an allergic response.

How Are Allergies Treated?

Depending on the severity of your child’s allergies, your pediatrician may recommend:

  • Prescription-strength antihistamine medications
  • Prescription-strength decongestant medications
  • Nasal sprays containing steroids
  • Sublingual immunotherapy
  • Rescue inhalers and epi-pens
  • Allergy shots

To find out more about the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of children’s allergies, talk with the experts. Call the pediatricians at Child & Adolescent Clinic. You can reach them in the Vancouver, WA, office by calling (360) 254-7750, or in Longview, WA, by calling (360) 577-1771, so call now.