Unfortunately, allergies are very common and many children will exhibit them. In some cases, allergies can present serious health risks. And even if allergies aren’t severe, they can be a major hassle and source of discomfort. If a loved one in Metairie, and Covington, LA is suffering from child allergies, contact Dr. Alan Sheen.
Many children will experience allergies. While allergies typically aren’t life-threatening, in some rare cases they could prove fatal or otherwise serious. It’s smart to keep an eye on your child and to watch out for any potential allergic reactions.
If you believe your child or another loved one is suffering from allergies, you should speak with a medical professional right away. The right response could mitigate risks and may even save your child’s life.
Why Do Kids Suffer Allergic Reactions?
You may be wondering why allergies occur in the first place. Compared to allergies, it’s perhaps a bit easier to understand why bacteria and viruses make you sick. These microbes attack your body, causing damage.
Pollen, pet danger, and the other things that can cause allergies typically don’t attack your body. In fact, allergies are caused by your body’s immune system. When pollen, pet dander, or another allergen enters your body, your immune system takes note and responds.
Our immune systems are very powerful and useful. Unfortunately, however, your immune will sometimes go overboard when responding and cause damage to your body. With allergies, the immune system over-responds to the allergen, causing various problems.
Common Symptoms of Childhood Allergies
Your immune system is quite powerful and can effectively fight off many different microbes and threats. Unfortunately, when your immune system goes too far, it results in several problems, including:
- Watery eyes
- Frequent sneezing or coughing
- Breathing difficulties
- Rashes and hives
- Upset stomach
The above symptoms are caused by the immune system. Other symptoms may also be present. If you believe your child is suffering from child allergies and you live near Metairie, LA, contact Dr. Alan Sheen.
Treatment Options for Child Allergies
First, allergies are caused by “allergens,” which are substances that evoke too strong of a response from your immune system. One of the most effective ways to treat an allergic reaction is to avoid allergens as much as possible. If you’re allergic to pet dander, you may want to skip owning a pet or you may want to find a hypoallergenic pet.
Of course, you may end up exposed to allergens even if you labor to avoid them. Antihistamines can be bought over the counter and can provide some relief. With a severe reaction, more powerful medications, such as epinephrine, may be needed.
Worried your child is suffering from allergies and you live near Metairie, and Covington, LA? Call Dr. Alan Sheen. You can reach him in the Metairie, LA, office by calling (504) 456-1999, or in Covington, LA, at (985) 246-6077, so call now.