We want the best for our children. We immediately want to fix the issue when we see our children suffering. If your child starts sniffling and sneezing, you might be wondering if they’re dealing with a common cold or suffering from allergies. We are the best allergist Abington, PA offers. Schedule an appointment with us today for you and your child.
What are signs that my child may be suffering from allergies? There are many symptoms of allergies. Some common symptoms are:
Many things can trigger an allergic reaction. Things such as food, dust mites, mold, pet dander, and pollen can result in a reaction.
Children with allergies are tested in one of three ways: blood test, skin test, or challenge test. A skin test is the most common. During this test, diluted allergens are placed on the skin to see if a reaction occurs. Sometimes this test is conducted by injecting allergens under the skin. If a patient cannot have a skin test performed, a blood test is the next option. The third test, a challenge test, is performed under supervision by an allergist. During this test, a small amount of an allergen is given to the child orally or breathed in. A challenge test is the only way to determine the severity of an allergy.
Once the allergen is determined and its severity, a course of action for treatment can be decided. Allergy shots, medicine, and avoidance are common treatments for children with allergies.