By Heather Hindo, M.D., Pediatrician Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc.
Children’s allergies is a common concern when parents visit their pediatrician. Allergies are common triggers for nosebleeds. Did you know there are different types of allergies, including, food, environment, insect and animal, seasonal, and drug allergies? Perhaps you are familiar with some of the more common allergies:
Food: milk, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish
Environmental/Seasonal: trees, grass and weed pollen, mold spores, dust mites, poison ivy, oak and sumac, and changes of the seasons
Insects/animals: cockroaches, bee and wasp stings; cat, dog, and rodent dander
Signs of allergy symptoms may range from mild to severe. These include skin rash; hives; lip, tongue, or throat swelling; and anaphylaxisis, which can be life-threatening.
There is some relief from allergies, especially when it is difficult to avoid them. Many are available for children. Antihistamines are taken by mouth and can help with itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and itchy skin and hives. They come in a liquid or pill form. Nasal corticosteroids are given through the nose once a day to control chronic allergy symptoms. Allergy immunotherapy, or shots, given by an allergy specialist, are given to those who do not respond to medications. Thankfully, there is also treatment for anaphylaxsis. Epinephrine, in the form of an Epi-pen is the first treatment option.
Testing is available and recommended if there is a suspicion of allergies. These tests include a skin prick test or blood test to determine how sensitive you are to allergy.
Make an appointment with an APHCV Pediatrician if you think your child might have allergies and get information on allergy testing. We accept a number of insurance plans, including Medi-Cal. No insurance? Call and we can help you.
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