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Pediatric Allergies Specialist

Premier Allergy and Asthma -  - Allergy and Asthma Specialists

Premier Allergy and Asthma

Allergy and Asthma Specialists located in Columbus, OH and the surrounding areas

Pediatric allergies are common: Food allergies alone affect almost 6 million children younger than 18. If your child suffers from hives, facial swelling, watery eyes, stuffy nose, or difficulty breathing, the expert team at Premier Allergy and Asthma offers simple solutions at offices in Dublin, Westerville, Canal Winchester, Lancaster, Marysville, Delaware, New Albany, Hilliard, Grove City, and Grandview, Ohio. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to find out which pediatric allergy treatment is right for your child.

Pediatric Allergies Q & A

What are pediatric allergies?

Pediatric allergies are allergies in children. They can cause reactions to allergens such as:

  • Latex
  • Medications
  • Peanuts, shellfish, wheat, and other foods
  • Insect stings
  • Pollen
  • Animal dander
  • Mold 
  • Dust mites

Your child may have more than one allergy, and symptoms can range from mild to severe. The expert allergist team at Premier Allergy and Asthma offers a wide array of allergy and asthma testing and treatments for children.

What are the symptoms of pediatric allergies?

If your child exhibits one or more of the following symptoms, they may have pediatric allergies:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • A stuffy or runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Facial or mouth swelling
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives or itchy skin
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Rash
  • Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction in which children may experience a sudden drop in blood pressure, severe shortness of breath, or even loss of consciousness. 

How are pediatric allergies diagnosed?

To diagnose pediatric allergies and determine what your child is allergic to, allergists at Premier Allergy and Asthma review their medical history and ask questions about symptoms. They may complete a blood test, skin prick test, or breathing test to diagnose or rule out asthma. 

During a skin prick test, your child’s doctor pricks their skin with tiny amounts of specific allergens. If an allergen causes a red, raised skin bump, your child has an allergy to that substance.

What is the treatment for pediatric allergies?

Your child’s personalized pediatric allergy treatment plan is based on the type and severity of their symptoms. Your doctor might recommend:

Allergy avoidance

Avoiding certain foods and other allergens helps prevent allergic reactions in children.

Medications

Taking over-the-counter or prescription medicines can alleviate allergy symptoms. Pediatric allergy medications are available as pills, eye drops, nasal sprays, and liquids.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy involves exposure to tiny amounts of an allergen via injection or oral routes. Your allergist slowly increases the dosage over time, to help your child build a tolerance to allergens.

Emergency epinephrine 

Having an epinephrine shot on hand helps reduce life-threatening symptoms in the case of an anaphylaxis emergency. 

Don’t allow your child to live with a debilitating allergy or asthma symptoms when simple treatments are available at Premier Allergy and Asthma. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.