Seasonal allergies among children are nothing to sneeze at!

At the On-Site Allergy Clinic at the Pediatric Office at Willow Bend Pediatrics, we’re here to help offer children and their parents relief and peace-of-mind!

As any North Texan can attest, spring and summer usher in an array of horrible allergies to our area due to the high level of pollen produced by trees, flowers, grasses, weeds and other plants. In fact, research by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation reveals that Dallas ranks as the 23rd worst city in the country for allergies!

For children, seasonal allergies can wreak havoc on the outdoor activities they love — and that are so important to their physical and social development and well being.

What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies in children?

Just as with adults, seasonal allergies can cause a wide array of symptoms in children, including:

  • Persistent stuffy and runny nose
  • Sinus pressure that may cause facial pain
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Scratchy throat
  • Persistent coughs, sneezing and/or wheezing
  • Increased asthmatic reactions

How do you determine the causes of seasonal allergies in children?

At our On-Site Allergy Clinic at the Pediatric Office of Willow Bend Pediatrics in Plano, our allergy specialists offer the safest and most state-of-the-art testing to determine the cause of your child’s allergies.  Following are two common tests we utilize:

  • A skin test in which a drop of purified liquid form of the allergen is dropped onto your child’s skin, followed by a slight skin prick. If a child reacts to the allergen, the skin will swell a bit in that area.
  • A skin test in which a small amount of allergen is injected just under the skin. This test, when positive, will result in a small lump surrounded by a reddish area at the injection site.

What are the most effective treatments for seasonal allergies in children?

We offer several proven treatments for seasonal allergies, depending on how severe the symptoms in your child are.  Once we determine the allergens, some children can get relief by simply reducing or eliminating exposure to the allergens that bother them.

Additional treatments and recommendations may include:

  • Keeping your child indoors when the pollen/mold/weed counts are especially high. It’s also helpful to keep the windows closed and to have your child wash their hands or shower/change immediately after playing outside.
  • When reduced exposure isn’t possible or is ineffective, there are medicines we may recommend, including decongestants, antihistamines, and nasal spray steroids.
  • If symptoms can’t be managed with medicines, we may recommend allergy shots (immunotherapy), which can aid in desensitizing children to specific allergens.

Contact the Pediatric Offices at Willow Bend today!

If your child is showing any of the persistent symptoms of seasonal allergies, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to have your child tested.  Our goal is to literally nip the allergies in the bud and help your child enjoy the great outdoors like they want, need and deserve! Contact us today!

 

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