Elgin allergists discuss common allergies in kids
Allergies are among the most common childhood conditions in the U.S. The most common pediatric allergies affect the skin or are related to foods. Triggers include peanuts, eggs, and dairy products, as well as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and mold.
While penicillins account for more allergic reactions than any other drug, allergic reactions to drugs are actually generally less frequent in children and seniors. Furthermore, most pediatric allergic reactions are milder in nature than those of their adult counterparts. These reactions may include hives and other skin rashes.
While hives come and go, other types of skin rashes may spread for 2 weeks. Fever, achy joints, mouth sores, and red or irritated eyes may accompany erythema multiforme.
Kids with penicillin allergies are also not immune to serious symptoms, which may be indicative of anaphylaxis including:
- Respiratory problems
- Difficulty swallowing
- Facial swelling
- Swelling of the throat
Penicillin allergies are known to be frequently overdiagnosed. In fact, it’s estimated some 90 percent of people who thought they had penicillin allergies are not actually allergic to the drug. Since penicillins are so commonly used to treat infections, a number of patients may be using less effective and much more costly antibiotic alternatives when they could safely use penicillin.
The specialists at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois will determine if penicillins or another type of trigger are responsible for your child’s troubling and disruptive symptoms.
Dr. Noga Askenazi and the staff offer skin, blood, and ingestion challenges as diagnostic tools. After the true nature of the allergen is identified, they can get your child on an appropriate treatment plan, which may include:
- Medications to control symptoms
- Emergency aids such as epinephrine delivery devices
- Immunotherapy or desensitization
Keep in mind the symptoms of drug allergies in kids, such as runny nose, rashes, watery eyes, and wheezing, mimic any number of common conditions and allergies. Don’t spend another day in the dark about the cause of your child’s discomfort. Schedule an appointment in Elgin at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois. Call (847) 888-8802.
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