Pediatrics - Allergies
IntroductionAn allergic reaction occurs when the immune system overreacts to a normally non-threatening substance. There are many types, causes, and symptoms of allergic reactions. Different areas of the body can be affected depending on the allergic trigger. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Some allergic reactions can be life threatening and require emergency medical attention. Allergy treatments include avoiding what triggers the allergic reaction, medications, and desensitizing shots.
TreatmentYour child can avoid allergic reactions by avoiding the allergens that trigger them. Your child may not be able to avoid all allergens. Your doctor can recommend medications to relieve symptoms. Allergy shots can make your child's immune system less sensitive to allergens, which can help to reduce symptoms. It may be advisable to carry emergency medication with you to use in case of a severe allergic reaction.
Am I at Risk
Is My Child at Risk?
Risk factors may increase the likelihood of your child developing allergies, although some children that develop the condition do not have any risk factors. You should tell your doctor about your child’s risk factors and discuss your concerns.
Risk factors for allergies:
_____ Many allergies are inherited. If a child's parents or close relatives have allergies, a child has an increased risk for developing them.
_____ If children have one allergic trigger, they are more likely to have another.
_____ Children may be at risk for allergies if they have certain medical conditions including asthma, eczema, and nasal polyps.
_____ Frequent ear, respiratory, and sinus infections are associated with an increased risk of allergies.
_____ If your child has sensitive skin he or she may have an increased risk for allergies.
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