Posts for tag: Allergies
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.
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.