Are you suffering from allergies? Well, you're not alone. One in every six people in the United States suffers from allergies, just ask your Friendswood, TX, pediatrician.
More on Allergies
Allergies are triggered in a variety of ways. When your immune system reacts to a certain substance, usually something that's not harmful like peanuts, people suffer from a variety of symptoms, such as:
- A runny nose
- Nasal stuffiness and itchy
- Frequent colds
- Recurring ear infections
- Hearing loss
- Chronic cough
- Skin rashes
- Chronic headaches and fatigue
- Watery eyes
- Chronic sinus problems
- Postnasal drip
- Head congestion
Your child's immune system is triggered by allergens through the air, by touch, or by ingestion, and can appear at any age. Here are a few examples of allergens you may find your child in contact with:
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Insect stings
- Mold spores
If you don't know what you're allergic to, contact your Friendswood doctor to make an appointment for an examination. The various tests will help your pediatrician diagnose your child's symptoms to successfully control and alleviate your allergy symptoms.
Allergens affect different parts of the body differently. Here's how your child's nose, throat, and ears are affected.
- Nose: Allergens that are breathed in may cause bacterial sinus infection and lead to stuffy and itchy noses, as well as mucus production, coughing, or wheezing.
- Throat: People may suffer from post-nasal drip, excessive mucus production. If you use air conditioning and winter heating, this may aggravate several conditions, such as coughing, sore throats, a husky voice, and thick and dry mucus.
- Ears: Allergies can inflame and swell around the ear canal. This may prevent proper drainage of the middle ear so bacterial discharge clogs the tube and leads to infection.
Have questions about treatments for allergies from Dr. Linda R. Neely-Shelmire? Call your Friendswood, TX, pediatrician for more information.