You might have seen someone have a violent reaction to pollen. You might have even wondered why something so seemingly harmless could affect them so. When a person is exposed to the allergen they are allergic to, their body reacts aggressively. This condition could even prove fatal in some severe cases, which is why it is crucial for parents to understand it.
Allergies can affect anyone, regardless of their age. Because they know this, Argyle Pediatrics offer a wide range of allergy treatments to improve your child’s allergy symptoms.
What Is an Allergy?
An allergy is a problem of the immune system. Allergic reactions happen when your child’s immune system reacts aggressively to a false alarm, which it perceives to be harmful. Usually, these ‘alarms’ are mild and typically harmless substances such as pollen and dust.
When a child with an allergy is exposed to an allergen, their body produces antibodies. This then causes the production of histamine and other chemicals, which trigger an allergic reaction. The reaction could affect the whole body or be localized in one area, such as the nose.
What Causes Allergies?
Substances that trigger allergic reactions are called allergens. They aren’t usually harmful to other people but might cause an aggressive or life-threatening reaction in someone allergic to them. Common examples of allergens include:
- Dust and dust mites
- Certain foods, such as beans, soy, or peanuts
- Trees or grass
- Natural rubber latex
- Some medications
Common Symptoms of Allergies in Children
As already mentioned, allergic reactions can occur anywhere in the body. They could affect the throat, sinuses, lungs, stomach, nose, or eyes. In a good number of cases, the allergy might manifest on the skin. Some of the symptoms your child is having an allergic reaction include:
- An itchy, stuffy, or running nose
- Itching in the roof of the mouth or ears
- Runny, red, or itchy eyes
- Dry, red, and itchy skin
- Itchy rashes or welts on the skin
- Symptoms of asthma such as coughing, difficulty breathing, and wheezing
A life-threatening allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction that may present as vomiting, breathing problems, and diarrhea. It might also lead to fainting or death.
Treatment Options for Children
Allergy treatment options for children will often vary. A doctor will prescribe a treatment plan depending on the child’s age, general health, and presenting symptoms. Of all the options available, the best include medicine, immunotherapy, or avoidance. The latter refers to when you keep your child away from things that give them an allergic reaction.
Worried About Your Child? Talk to an Expert Today
Allergies can affect anyone. However, while most adults can avoid their allergens and handle emergencies effectively, children might require constant monitoring. It is in their best interest that you see a specialist and get them treatment for their allergy symptoms.
Carrie Jones, MD, works with children and their families to help improve her patients’ quality of life. She and her team evaluate, diagnose, and treat allergy symptoms such as watery eyes and breathing problems.
If you are worried that your child’s allergy is preventing them from living their best life, contact Dr. Jones today to schedule an appointment.