Board Certified Pediatricians located in Katy, TX
As many as 50 million people in the United States, many of whom are children, have allergies that interfere with their quality of life. At Westside Pediatrics in Katy, Texas, the experienced team of physicians offers diagnostic evaluations and consultations for children who may be suspected of having allergies or displaying allergy-related symptoms. Whether your child has hay fever, food allergies, or unexplained symptoms, call the office to schedule your allergy appointment today.
Allergies Q & A
What are allergies?
Allergies are the body’s overreaction to certain substances that aren’t generally considered harmful. When exposed to the allergy trigger, your child’s body releases histamines that cause a variety of physical symptoms.
Some of the most common allergy triggers include:
- Insect bites/stings
- Pet dander
Environmental irritants, like chemicals, cigarette smoke, soaps, and perfumes, can also cause an allergic reaction.
Some children are allergic to foods, like dairy and nuts, as well as the ingredients in some medications and vaccines.
Childhood allergies are common, and for some kids they can last for a lifetime. The pediatric team at Westside Pediatrics offers allergy testing and treatment services to reduce the frequency and severity of allergic reactions.
What are the symptoms of allergies?
Allergy symptoms can vary from child to child and depend on the trigger of the allergy. Physical side effects of environmental allergens can include:
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Skin rashes
Digestive issues can result from contact with an allergen, especially if your child has food allergies.
Allergy symptoms can range from mild and infrequent to chronic and severe. In some cases, exposure to an allergen can cause a life-threatening reaction, known as anaphylaxis.
Anaphylaxis is a serious condition that causes a variety of systemic issues, including hives, shortness of breath, and sudden swelling in the throat. Without the proper treatment, serious life-threatening complications and even premature death can result from anaphylaxis.
How are allergies diagnosed?
The physicians at Westside Pediatrics offer comprehensive diagnostic care for allergies. They first evaluate your child’s personal and family history and physically examine your child for issues that may contribute to their symptoms.
How are allergies treated?
The Westside Pediatrics team customizes allergy treatments based on the type of allergies your child has. For seasonal and environmental allergies, your child may benefit from over-the-counter or prescription medications to ease symptoms, such as a runny nose and itchy eyes.
If your child has food allergies, your provider works closely with you to modify your child’s diet because the treatment for food allergies is to totally avoid the offending food or foods.
Children that experience an anaphylactic reaction to allergies need to carry an injectable epinephrine medication that quickly reverses the life-threatening symptoms long enough for them to get to an emergency room or call 911 for further treatment.
If your child is suffering from allergies, call the office to schedule your allergies consultation today.