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Elgin area parents ask, “When should my child see a pediatric allergist?”

Dr. Noga Askenazi at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates - Food Allergy Center of Illinois explains When should your child see a pediatric allergist?
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If your child is suffering from allergies or asthma, it can greatly affect his or her quality of life. Missed school days and missed activities are common “side effects” of pediatric allergies. Just like adults, children are susceptible to a wide variety of allergies and related conditions such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, hives, sinus problems and food allergies. At Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates in Crystal Lake, our team has years of experience diagnosing and treating pediatric allergies.

Causes of pediatric allergies

Pediatric allergies are the immune system’s response to a specific substance that it sees as a threat. The immune system’s response upon exposure produces symptoms that can range from mild to severe. While it can take several exposures to an allergen before most children develop an allergy, sometimes the allergy can develop after one exposure.

While children with a family history of allergies are at a greater risk, children may still develop an allergy or asthma even if neither parent has allergies.

Symptoms of pediatric allergies

Allergy symptoms can vary, the most common include:

  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Chest congestion
  • Coughing
  • Skin itching
  • Hives
  • Swelling

Helping your child find relief

Having your child evaluated for allergies is the first step. During the first appointment, we will take a medical history along with asking a series of questions to determine the potential cause of the allergy. Specific tests may be ordered at this time.

Treatment depends on the type of allergy and its cause. Typically, treatment may include one or more of the following:

  • Avoidance
  • Medications – Antihistamines, nasal sprays, decongestants, corticosteroids
  • Eye Drops
  • Allergy shots

If you believe your child may be suffering from allergies or allergy related conditions, please call our Elgin area office at 847 888 8802 today to schedule an evaluation with our team.

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