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Allergies cause all kinds of discomforts, not just seasonally, but year-round as well. Fortunately, if your child is dealing with allergies that give them a runny nose, sneezing, or watery eyes, the pediatricians here at Clearwater Pediatric Care and Westchase Pediatric Care can help—read on to learn how!
What are allergies?
Allergies are the body's hypersensitive reaction to ordinary environmental substances or foods. Present in both children and adults, the Centers for Disease Control says that 50 million people in the United States have allergies.
When it comes to living with allergies, proper diagnosis/identification of the allergen and treatment are key to good daily function. Parents and the doctors here at our Westchase offices work together to formulate allergy care plans that are helpful to children.
Dealing with allergies
Most allergy sufferers undergo diagnostic tests to determine what substance provokes their symptoms. Typically, doctors order skin prick or scratch tests that introduce tiny amounts of suspected allergens under the skin. Any reactions are read and a treatment plan is formulated. Sometimes doctors order blood work, as well.
Once identified, allergies can be controlled through:
- Avoiding triggers, such as pet dander, foods, tobacco smoke and pollen
- Using nasal sprays, eye drops, and oral medications to suppress symptoms
- Taking allergy shots (immunotherapy) to de-sensitize the body's reaction to triggers
Additionally, there are common-sense steps parents can take to suppress their children's symptoms. These can include:
- Limiting time outdoors during peak allergy season
- Closing the windows
- Having the child wash face and hands and even change clothes after playing outdoors
- Paying attention to what interventions and medicines work and which do not (and be sure to tell your child's doctor)
- Routinely dusting hard surfaces in your home and vacuuming soft surfaces
- Avoiding all tobacco smoke
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The more knowledgeable you are about your youngster's allergies the more control you will have over symptoms. For ongoing help, stay in contact with your child's doctor. Our team of five pediatricians and their support staff are very willing to answer questions, give suggestions, and help you coordinate your child's care. For Clearwater Pediatric Care, our number is (717) 461-1543. For Westchase Pediatric Care, phone (813) 818-1543.
Is your child suffering from allergies? Read below to learn the warning signs.
From sneezing and coughing when playing outside to experiencing a stomach ache after eating certain foods, there are many warning signs that your little one might be dealing with allergies. Allergies are one of the most common chronic illnesses in the US, and from our office in Westchase, FL, pediatricians Dr. Raj Pai, Dr. Mary Ann Hicks, and Dr. Sheila Mak all understand the symptoms and signs of childhood allergies and can determine what treatment option is best for the situation.
Allergy Symptoms in Children
The symptoms your child exhibits will depend on the type of allergen they are sensitive to. Common allergy symptoms include:
- Rashes or hives
- Asthma, wheezing, or trouble breathing
- Coughing and sneezing
- Runny nose
- Stuffed up nose
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Upset stomach, nausea, or vomiting
If your child is recurringly experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to make an appointment with a pediatrician to find out what might be causing their symptoms.
Treating Your Child’s Allergies
There are many things that can be done to help manage your child’s symptoms and to make sure that their daily life and activities aren’t impacted. Here are two approaches that our Westchase, FL, children’s doctors might recommend to treat your child’s symptoms:
Avoiding the Allergen
Okay, so this might sound rather obvious but sometimes it’s not always that easy to stay away from the allergen. Depending on the cause of your child’s symptoms, this may mean cutting back on time spent playing outdoors or keeping windows and doors closed during allergy season.
It’s also important that your child is bathing and washing their hair, especially after playing outside or spending time outdoors. Doing this will prevent the allergen from getting into their bedding and causing symptoms to flare up. Furthermore, keeping your home clean, dusted, and vacuumed will reduce exposure to the allergen.
One of the most common medications used to treat allergy symptoms is an antihistamine. Depending on the severity of your child’s symptoms, they may be able to take a simple over-the-counter medication or they may require a prescription-strength form. Sometimes decongestants or nasal sprays can also help with stuffy noses, breathing issues due to nasal swelling and congestion, and facial pressure and pain. Immunotherapy, or allergy shots, may be recommended in some cases.
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Here at Clearwater Pediatric Care, we are dedicated to providing children living in Westchase and Clearwater, FL, with the quality and comprehensive pediatric care they deserve. If your child is suffering from allergy symptoms, call our office today for an evaluation: 813-818-1543 for Westchase, 727-461-1543 for Clearwater.
Find out how to best manage your child’s allergy symptoms.
Childhood allergies are actually pretty common. In fact, as many as 50 million Americans, including children, have some kind of allergy. Whether your little one is allergic to hay fever during the spring and summer months or they are dealing with food allergies, our Clearwater and Westchase, FL, pediatricians are here to provide the care and support you and your child need to get their allergies under control.
What are the different kinds of allergies?
There are a lot of things that surround us that can cause an allergic reaction, but the most common allergens tend to be:
- Pollen (also known as hay fever)
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Foods (often eggs, shellfish, wheat, and nuts)
- Insect bites or stings
What are the symptoms of an allergy?
If your child has an airborne allergy (e.g. pollen; mold) then you may find that they experience symptoms such as:
- Red, itchy, or watery eyes (this can also be a symptom of conjunctivitis)
- Itchy nose
- Scratchy throat
- Stuffy nose
If your child is allergic to certain medications, foods, or insect bites/stings, symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening. If your child begins wheezing, is having trouble breathing or experiences lightheadedness it’s important that you seek emergency medical attention right away. Other symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, hives, and a stomachache should also be evaluated by our Clearwater and Westchase children’s doctors if they are reoccurring.
Of course, you won’t know whether your child’s symptoms are due to allergies or not unless you bring them in for testing. The sooner we figure out what allergies your child has the sooner we will be able to provide an individualized treatment plan for them.
Clearwater Pediatric Care and Westchase Pediatric Care in Clearwater and Westchase, FL, are here to help your little one find the relief they need from their allergy symptoms. If you suspect your child might have allergies call our office today to schedule an appointment with us.
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!
Especially during the younger years, adequate food and nutrition is vital for a child’s growth and development. But for some children, a snack or meal as simple as a peanut butter sandwich or a cup of milk can cause serious health problems. So, what’s a parent to do when they suspect their child is allergic to a certain food?
A food allergy is the abnormal response of the immune system to a food. It’s possible to be allergic to any food, but these particular foods are responsible for the majority of allergies: milk, eggs, wheat, soy, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and peanuts. Food allergies should not be confused with food intolerance, or food sensitivity, which is more common and less severe.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction typically occur within just moments to an hour after the child ingests a food. They can range from uncomfortable to life-threatening, so it’s important for parents to understand what to do if they suspect their child is having an allergic reaction to food. Symptoms will vary for each child, but the most common telltale signs include:
- Trouble breathing
- Itching or swelling of the lips, tongue, mouth or throat
- Light-headedness or loss of consciousness
Food allergy symptoms often resemble other medical conditions, so always contact your pediatrician for a proper diagnosis. If you suspect your child has a food allergy, remove that particular food from your child’s diet immediately. If the allergic reaction is severe, seek medical care right away.
The good news is that food allergies are often outgrown during early childhood. Your pediatrician or allergist can perform tests to pinpoint and track your child's food allergies They can also work with you to modify and manage your child’s diet to ensure they are receiving adequate nutrition for growth and development without putting them at risk for additional allergic reactions.