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Allergies

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Children will develop allergies usually out of nowhere. Allergies can be seasonal, also known as hay fever, or they can be related to specific foods. Often times, children will experience an allergic reaction the ‘hard way’. The goal is allergy treatment is to figure out what is causing symptoms, and then work to avoid the cause.

Seasonal allergies are common in many children. They are a result of the body responding negatively to certain pollen that has been released into the air by trees and plants. There are different types of pollen that exist. Some children may only be allergic to one specific type of pollen, while others will be allergic to many. Symptoms of seasonal allergies will closely resemble that of the common cold. Typical seasonal allergy symptoms include congestion, sore throats, cough, watery eyes, and a runny nose. Colds will often produce a thick discolored mucus nasal discharge, whereas allergies will produce a clear mucus nasal discharge. The best defense against seasonal allergies is to keep your windows closed and remain inside during times when pollen count is high.

Our pediatricians can use medical tests, such as an allergy skin test, to screen for specific types of pollens that your child may be allergic to. Certain pollens are released during specific times of the year. This knowledge could help treat and prevent your child’s allergies. Many medications exist that can effectively help your child’s immune system respond better to these pollens. Always check with a pediatrician before giving your child medication.

Your child may also develop food allergies as they begin to delve into trying out new foods. The most common types of food allergies are peanuts, seafood, milk, dairy, and soy. It’s important to keep your child away from any foods that may cause an allergic reaction because in rare cases, an allergic reaction may be fatal. Allergic reactions are often characterized by developing hives or a skin rash.

At Kids and Teen Medical Group, our pediatricians will work with you to find out specifically what is causing your child’s allergic symptoms. Your kids are our number one priority and we want to make sure they develop a good understanding of how they can successfully live with either seasonal, food, or other types of allergies.

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• Northridge Hospital • Providence Tarzana Medical Center •
Valley Presbyterian Hospital • Huntington Memorial Hospital
• Children’s Hospital Los Angeles • Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
• Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Kids & Teens Medical Group