Allergy Treatment!

With so many allergy treatments available in today’s market, it can be overwhelming and scary for care givers in trying to figure out what may help their child. From environmental allergies l to medication allergies it is important to thoroughly discuss these symptoms with your provider. Below is some additional information we use to help our patients navigate this intricate health issue.

Inhalant (Environmental) Allergies

The immune system’s job is to protect the body from infections caused by various microorganisms, but sometimes the immune system overreacts to a harmless substance, creating what we call an allergic reaction. Environmental allergies are allergic reactions to common airborne substances, such as:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Animal Dander

The most effective treatment for allergies is avoidance of whatever causes them. It is impossible to avoid all airborne allergens, but anyone who experiences an allergic reaction to the items listed above should do their best to limit their exposure and avoid certain situations where they know these allergens will be more prevalent.

Food Allergies

Food allergies are caused by the immune system’s abnormal response to a certain food. While some food allergies are mild, others can be life-threatening or even deadly. Tree nuts and peanuts can lead to anaphylaxis, and, as a result, nut allergies lead to death more commonly than any other food allergen.

The foods that most often trigger allergic reactions include:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Fish
  • Shrimp
  • Lobster
  • Crab
  • Eggs
  • Milk

For those with serious food allergies, carrying an EpiPen® may be necessary.

Skin Allergies

Skin is our largest organ and is critical in our defense of unwanted invaders trying to attack the body. It is constantly faced with toxins that want to enter the body and make us sick. Because our hands, arms, neck and face are generally more exposed than other parts of our body, they are the most common sites of allergic skin reactions, known as allergic contact dermatitis.

Symptoms of skin allergies include a rash, hives, swelling, itching, and cracking of the skin. Treatments include antihistamines, oral steroids and topical creams or ointments.

Insect Venom Allergies

Insect venom allergies are caused by the immune system’s overreaction to insect venom in the instance of an ant bite, mosquito bite, wasp sting, bee sting, etc. Reactions to insect venom should be taken seriously and can be life-threatening.

If symptoms such as excessive swelling or shortness of breath occur after an insect bite, further testing can be done to confirm the allergy. Most importantly, if you fear you are having a serious allergic reaction to an insect bite, see a doctor immediately.

Celebration Pediatrics

1530 Celebration Blvd Ste 301
Celebration, FL 34747

Phone: 407-566-9700
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

1530 Celebration Blvd Ste 301
Celebration, FL 34747

Phone: 407-566-9700
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm