Allergy symptoms are caused by the immune system’s response to a specific allergen. Normally, the immune system overreacts to a normally harmless substance like mold, pollen, or certain foods. This overreaction causes antibodies to attack the allergen and release histamine, a chemical that causes what we know as an allergic reaction (symptoms like a runny nose, itchiness, or trouble breathing). This can happen in both children and adults.
Children can develop reactions to many different allergens. Typical symptoms of pediatric allergies include:
- Itchiness of the eyes or skin
- Watery, runny eyes or nose
- Hives or welts
- Shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing
- Difficulty breathing
- Vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, or even fainting
Since children may not be able to properly communicate their responses, it’s important to pay attention to symptoms and seek help immediately.
Some common pediatric allergens can include:
- Animal dander
- Bee stings
- Natural rubber latex
Your board-certified dermatologist can administer a pediatric allergy test to help determine your child’s specific allergens. This can be achieved through a skin prick test or a blood test, depending on your child’s needs. Once your board-certified dermatologist has satisfactory results, they can recommend the right steps and medications to manage your child’s allergies.
Pediatric allergies are manageable with the help of your board-certified dermatologist. To meet with our team, contact our Ohio locations by calling or filling out our online form.