The Sneeze

How to Tell If Your Child Has Seasonal Allergies

June 30, 2021

Signs, Symptoms and Solutions

Help your child find relief

We’re here to help

Seeing your child struggle with nasal congestion, breathing problems or recurrent sinus infections can make you feel helpless, worried, and overwhelmed. At Premier Allergy & Asthma, our team is right by your side to help you notice allergy signs, determine the exact allergen causing issues, and find a treatment plan that provides long-lasting relief for your child once and for all.

Look for signs of allergies

Coughing

If your little one has battled a persistent cough for over two weeks, allergies may be the source of the issue. If symptoms include not only post-nasal drip, but itchy eyes, ears, and throat, it is highly likely that your child may be experiencing allergies.

Sneezing

Sneezing is one of the most common allergy symptoms among kids. Is your child constantly wiping away a runny or itchy nose? Are they sneezing or experiencing postnasal drip and stuffy congestion? If so, your child may have allergies.

Hives or rashes

Dry skin, itchy rashes, and raised welts (also known as hives) are all common signs of an allergic reaction. Rashes and welts manifest in unique patterns and vary in size. They also can repeatedly appear and fade away during an allergic reaction.

Get tested by a board-certified allergist

If you have a feeling that your child may be struggling with allergies, it’s important to find an allergist specialist you can trust. At Premier Allergy & Asthma, our award-winning providers are here to help your child achieve real relief with sustainable results that can last a lifetime. With quick and painless solutions such as needle-free testing, our providers will customize a plan that meets your little one’s unique needs, so they can go back to being a care-free kid.

How we test and diagnose your child’s allergies

Needle-free scratch test

Say goodbye to scary needles! With our minimally invasive scratch tests, our team can quickly determine the precise allergen causing a reaction in your child. After applying a tiny amount of allergen to your child’s back, your provider will make a quick scratch or prick to the skin. If your child is allergic to a substance, a small spot will develop on your child’s skin within 15-20 minutes. The scratch test will reveal the specific substance that is causing an allergic reaction. Afterward, your provider will outline a unique immunotherapy treatment plan to help your child build a tolerance to the allergen over time.

Patch test

If your child is experiencing contact allergy symptoms, like a rash from poison ivy, your provider may recommend a patch test. First, your provider will add a multitude of allergens to a small patch before placing it on your child’s back or forearm. After wearing the patch for two days, your child will return for a second visit to check for bumps, swelling, and other skin reactions. The patch test will show your provider the exact allergen that is causing your child to react. This data will help your provider create a tailored immunotherapy treatment plan so your little one can achieve long-lasting relief. 

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