Allergy Symptoms in Children
If your child suffers with spring allergy symptoms we
have some help for you. Allergies are no fun and
child allergies are very uncomfortable.
The substances that cause allergies are called
allergens. Allergens can be anything from pollen to
molds and fungi to dust. These allergens are carried
through the air until they land on your child. Pollen is
the reproductive spores of plants. Allergy symptoms can
occur from the pollen of weeds, grasses, trees, and
Sensitivity to these allergies is what brings on the
histamine response. This is the bodyís reaction to the
allergens being present in the childís system. Allergens
enter the body through the mouth, the eyes, and the
nasal passages. Your child may experience: sneezing,
itchy, watery eyes, nasal congestion, chest congestion,
coughing, and/or sore throat. A child suffering from
allergies may display one or more of these symptoms at a
Allergies are often confused with colds and therefore
misdiagnosed. Cold symptoms usually include fatigue,
fever, and body aches. If any of these symptoms are also
present, then your child is probably not suffering from
Pediatricians can run tests to find out the exact type
of allergen your child is allergic to. Blood work can be
done to ferret out the offending allergen. More commonly
a skin-prick test is performed.
The spin-prick test is not painful to the child. It
involves lightly scratching the skin with different
types of allergens. This test is usually done on the
back. If the skin becomes red and swollen in certain
areas, the doctor can determine what allergen is
attacking your child.
Once the allergen is identified, the doctor will come up
with a course of treatment. Prescribing medication such
as Singulair, Allegra, and Advair, will block the
reactions in the body that cause allergy symptoms. It
will take a week or two for the medications to fully
circulate throughout the body.
There are practical things that you can do at home to
safeguard against allergies. Keep windows closed. A good
breeze will fill your home with pollen from the outside.
Use the air conditioning in the spring and summer if it
gets warm inside.
Take a bath at night during allergy season. The water
will wash off any pollen spores and other allergens
accumulated during the day. Also make sure to use
allergen proof covers on mattresses and pillows.
Allergies are a nuisance, but they donít have to ruin
your life. Follow a few guidelines to keep your home
safe from offending allergens. Take your child to the
doctor to properly diagnose his/her allergy condition
and receive treatment options.
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