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By Downers Grove Pediatrics
December 29, 2022
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Allergies   Allergy  

How your pediatrician in Bolingbrook, and Downers Grove, IL, can diagnose and treat your child’s allergies

Do you notice your child frequently coughing and sneezing? If so, it could be signs of allergies. Allergy symptoms can make your child miserable. Fortunately, allergies can be treated by your pediatrician.

The pediatricians at Downers Grove Pediatrics provide comprehensive medical care for children, including diagnosis and treatment of allergies. They have two convenient office locations in Downers Grove, and Bolingbrook, IL, to help you and your child.

When your child has allergies, it means your child is reacting to an allergen. Some common allergens include:

  • Grasses and trees
  • Plant and flower pollens
  • Pet hair and dander
  • Dust mites and mold
  • Peanuts, shellfish, and dairy

When your child reacts to an allergen, you may notice:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itchy, runny nose
  • Sneezing, coughing, or wheezing
  • Rashes which can itch or burn
  • Breathing problems
  • Sore throat or nausea

If your child has food allergies, your child may also experience:

  • Stomach aches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Breathing difficulties
  • A skin rash

If you notice any of the signs and symptoms listed above, the first step is to seek out your pediatrician for allergy testing. There are several types of allergy testing, including:

  • Skin tests–a small amount of allergen is placed just under the skin
  • Challenge tests–a small amount of allergen is inhaled or ingested
  • Blood tests–a sample of blood is taken and sent off to a laboratory

When you and your child identify what your child is allergic to, your child may be able to avoid exposure to the allergen. Avoidance isn’t always possible, so your pediatrician may recommend:

  • Prescription-strength antihistamine medications
  • Prescription-strength decongestant medications
  • Nasal sprays containing steroids
  • Sublingual immunotherapy
  • Rescue inhalers and epipens
  • Allergy shots

Your child can get relief from allergies. To find out more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of your child’s allergies, call the pediatricians at Downers Grove Pediatrics. You can reach them in Downers Grove, Il, by calling (630) 852-4551, or in Bolingbrook, IL, by calling (630) 759-9230, so call today.