Allergies are your body’s overreaction to substances usually considered harmless to others. When you make contact with an allergen, your body reacts by producing antibodies to fight off a perceived attack.
These antibodies result in a variety of symptoms, some serious enough to interfere with your child’s quality of life.
Some of the most common allergens that trigger allergic reactions in children include:
For seasonal allergies due to pollen and dust, your child may benefit from over-the-counter or prescription medications in addition to actively avoiding allergy triggers as much as possible.
For chronic allergies, immunotherapy may be effective in reducing your child’s overall sensitivity to allergy triggers. This involves a series of injections of small amounts of allergens over a period of several years under close medical supervision.
Food allergies and other triggers of an anaphylactic reaction require an emergency treatment plan. The team at Pediatric Care of Four Corners works with you and your child to make diet and lifestyle changes to avoid contact with allergens and ensure your child has the necessary fast-acting medications to reduce airway inflammation.
If your child has asthma, the Pediatric Care of Four Corners team can also customize a care plan using both short-acting and long-acting medications to improve breathing.