Childhood allergies are fairly common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 50 million Americans suffer from some king of allergy, whether it be from the environment or from a certain type of food. When these cases involve your children, identifying and effectively managing allergy triggers is the key to keeping them healthy and comfortable. Here at Northside Pediatrics Associates in Conroe, TX, your pediatrician, Dr. Ayotunde Faweya, offers allergy and other pediatric treatments and services.
Pediatric Allergy Testing and Treatment at our Conroe Office
The symptoms for seasonal allergies (also referred to as hay fever) are easily confused with cold and flu, but rather than bacteria or a virus they're triggered by environmental elements like pollen, ragweed, dust, and mold.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the main allergy categories and their triggers include:
- Seasonal/outdoor allergies - triggers include pollen, ragweed, insect bites, and stings
- Indoor allergies - triggers include dust, mold, pet hair/dander
- Food allergies - peanuts, seafood/shellfish, dairy (eggs/milk)
Some people are also allergic to irritants like cigarette and tobacco smoke, perfume, smoke, latex, and metals. Allergies to medications like antibiotics and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) account for 5-10% of allergies according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
Signs and Symptoms of Allergies
Here are some of the typical symptoms associated with each allergy type:
- Hay fever - sneezing, congestion, itchy/watery eyes, runny nose
- Food allergies - tingling sensation in the mouth, swelling (lips, tongue, throat, or face), anaphylaxis (shock). Food allergies can be life-threatening and if your child is showing signs of shock, seek emergency treatment right away. Signs of shock include nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, rash, and loss of consciousness.
Allergy testing is available form your pediatrician to help determine if your child is suffering from allergies. Treatment typically involves avoiding known allergy triggers and medication.
For more information about allergy testing and treatment, contact Northside Pediatrics Associates in Conroe, TX, today by dialing (936) 270-8655 to schedule an appointment with your pediatrician, Dr. Faweya.