While some allergies only begin to develop in older adults, they often start in childhood. If you have a child who has allergic reactions, including problems with asthma attacks, you should know about the child allergy treatments that are available and make time to talk about them with Dr. Brian Bezack at Bezack Pediatric Pulmonology in Commack, NY.
About Child Allergies
Allergies are abnormal reactions to irritants, things in the environment (like pollutants), and items ingested (food or beverages). While it isn't clear exactly what causes allergies to develop in children, it may be related to genetic factors. Child allergies can be mild in nature but in some concerning cases, they can be life-threatening. For instance, during a serious allergic reaction to nuts or fish, the throat can swell, making it difficult to breathe.
Child Allergy Treatments
Children can often be treated for allergies with antihistamines (topical and oral medication). These medications calm down the immune system response and reduce or eliminate the appearance of rashes. However, in certain cases a stronger medication is needed, like an emergency adrenaline injection, to instantly reverse the effects of an allergy attack. Children who have serious allergies should always have a doctor-prescribed injection pen with them at school or when outside in case of accidental exposure to an allergy-triggering substance.
Longer-Term Solutions for Child Allergies
Child allergy symptoms can also be treated with immunotherapy or allergy shots. Dr. Bezack can identify and treat allergies and can refer to an allergist if the child needs shots. After the specific allergen has been identified with a prick or blood test, small doses of it are given to the child at brief periodic visits to the doctor's office. This is a longer-term solution that teaches the child's system to be more tolerant of the allergen over time. Once the allergy is under control, the immunotherapy treatment is complete.
Get More Allergy Advice From a Pediatrician
Child allergies should be taken seriously and steps should be taken to treat them in both the short and long term. Call (631) 499-1298 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Bezack at Bezack Pediatric Pulmonology in Commack, NY.