Pediatrics Corner

Pediatrics Corner

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Office Hours

(By Appointment)

Mon    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tue     8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wed    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thu     8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Frid     8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sat and Sun  Closed

 

Quest Lab hours:     Mon-Fri 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal Allergies- Or allergies that show up only at certain times of the year.

 

Does you child develop a runny nose, itchy or puffy eyes or a cough for two or more weeks at a specific time every year? Your child may have seasonal allergies. Other symptoms include:

 

- Sneezing

-Throat clearing

-Nose rubbing

-Sniffling

-Sneezing

-Runny eyes

 

The most common cause of seasonal allergies is pollen from trees, grasses, weeds, and mold spores. When these same symptoms last all year they are usually due to allergies to other substances such as dogs, cats, insects (cockroaches or mites) or mold.

 

Skin testing is available, so speak with your medical provider about this possibility.  Testing involves placing a drop of a substance your child may have an allergiec reaction to on the skin and then making a small prick.  If the area becomes red and enlarged that would be considered an indicator that your child is allergic to that substance.

 

Treatment begins with avoiding the offending substance.  This may mean your child is indoors during the worst times.  Air conditionis is very helpful and keeping windows in the house and car closed will also benefit your child.  Have your child bathe before bed to remove the offending substance from his or her body.

 

Other treatments available include antihistamines and nasal steroids.

 

1) Antihistamines are available over the counter and may help with runny nose and itch.  They can make people tired and should be used only as directed according to the package instructions for age and dosing.  Antihistamines should not be used in young children, talk to your provider about using one before starting.

 

2) Nasal steroid sprays are available by prescription after the age of 4.  These do not start to work for about 7-14 days but in conjunction with antihistamines can really provide relief.

 

3) Saline nasal rinses for older children can provide relief with very few side effects.

 

4) Allergy shots are a good option for the long run, but take commitment and time.

 

If your child is suffering from allergies we want to help you with the treatment.  Please come in and see us.  We want to make sure to have a correct diagnosis and treatment plan for the best results and relief of your child's symptoms.