Allergies are diagnosed in as many as 1 in 13 children each year in the United States. To keep your child healthy and symptom-free, the board-certified doctors at Oak Park Pediatrics provide resources to treat seasonal allergies at their office near Agoura Hills, California. If your child is allergic to certain foods, the physicians at Oak Park Pediatrics will help develop a plan for your child.
Your child’s immune system produces antibodies to protect him from infections, viruses, and other diseases. When she has allergies, this system overreacts, producing unnecessary antibodies to fight against substances, usually not considered harmful, after your child comes into contact with allergy triggers. Common allergy triggers include mold, dust, pollen, insect bites, and pet dander. Some children experience seasonal allergies due to changes in the weather and pollen levels, while others have year-round (perennial) allergies.
Allergies can cause cold-like symptoms, such as:
Children can also experience skin issues, like eczema, hives, or a rash when they make contact with an allergen. Allergies can also trigger asthma, a condition that causes inflammation in the airways and makes it difficult for your child to breathe.
If your child has a food allergy, they may experience nasal congestion, itchy watery eyes, body rash, abdominal cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea. Common childhood food allergies include peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, cow milk, soy, and wheat.
Some children can experience a life-threatening reaction to certain foods or other allergy triggers, known as anaphylaxis. This condition causes sudden swelling in the airways that interferes with your child’s breathing and requires emergency medical attention.
Treating allergies typically involves the use of over-the-counter or prescription medications to alleviate symptoms, like nasal congestion and itchy eyes. Your Oak Park Pediatrics provider can also provide guidance as to what medications to use to help manage allergy symptoms. They also give guidance to help your child avoid certain allergy triggers.
If your child has experienced anaphylaxis, your Oak Park Pediatrics doctor works closely with you to create an emergency plan. Your child may need to carry an epinephrine pen that can quickly reverse the airway inflammation that restricts your child’s breathing. In the case of anaphylaxis, he will also need treatment at a local emergency room.
To learn more about available treatment for childhood allergies, please call our office to schedule an appointment.