What your pediatricians in Westchase and Clearwater, Florida, want you to know
Do you notice your child sneezing or coughing frequently? Your child may have allergies. If you think your child may have allergies, don’t worry. Help is just a phone call away. Your pediatricians at Westchase Pediatric Care and Clearwater Pediatric Care want to share the facts about children’s allergies. They have two convenient office locations in Westchase and Clearwater, Florida, to help you.
Allergic responses result when your child is exposed to a foreign substance, called an allergen or a trigger that your child is allergic to. Some common allergic responses to look for include:
- Sneezing and coughing
- Watery, itchy eyes
- Itchy, runny nose
- Itchy skin rashes
- Stomach ache
- Sore throat
- Breathing problems
A more serious reaction, known as anaphylactic shock can also occur, and it can be fatal. During an anaphylactic shock episode, your child’s airway swells and blocks airflow. If you think your child might be having an anaphylactic reaction, call 911 immediately.
It’s important to notice what environment and what time of year your child has allergy symptoms. This might help identify the cause of your child’s allergies. Some common environmental triggers include:
- Tree, grass, and plant pollen
- Insect stings or bites
- Pet hair or dander
- Dust mites
- Mold and mildew
- Cigarette smoke
Also, pay attention to foods your child eats to see if certain foods cause an allergic response. Common food allergies include:
Chronic allergies can develop into infections of the eyes, nose, throat and ears. If your child develops a fever with allergies, an infection might be the cause. Infections are best treated by your pediatrician, often with a course of antibiotics.
Allergy treatment begins with allergy testing to determine the cause of your child’s allergies. After an allergy trigger is identified, your child can try to avoid the trigger. Fortunately, your pediatricians at Westchase Pediatric Care offer several effective treatments for allergies, including:
- Prescription strength antihistamines
- Prescription strength decongestants
- Steroid nasal sprays
Your child doesn’t have to suffer from allergies when a simple phone call will help get relief. Call your pediatricians at Westchase Pediatric Care and Clearwater Pediatric Care in Tampa, FL, for help with your child’s allergies. Allergy treatment is available at both the Westchase and Clearwater, FL, office locations so call today!