Common Causes of Allergies
By Children's Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates
January 19, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: allergies  

Find out what could be causing your child’s pesky allergy symptoms and how to treat them.

Do you find yourself running for tissues to give your child every time they go outside? Are red, itchy eyes affecting your child’s ability to allergieslearn or play? While some children’s allergy symptoms are only mildly annoying; for some, their symptoms are so bad that it can greatly affect their daily activities. If your child is experiencing allergy symptoms but you’re not sure what might be causing it, your ENT doctors at Children’s Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Orlando, FL can name the common culprits that could be responsible for the problems.

Food

Eating certain foods can trigger an allergic reaction that causes abdominal bloating, hives, diarrhea, nausea and even vomiting. Foods such as shellfish, dairy, nuts and wheat are common for causing allergies, and symptoms may appear as quickly as a couple minutes after consumption.

Treatments: The best way to handle food allergies is to avoid the food altogether. If your child does happen to consume the food, use antihistamines, epinephrine (e.g. EpiPen) or a steroid to fight the symptoms.

Pollen

If you notice that your child’s allergies come and go throughout the year then seasonal allergies due to pollen could be the culprit. Pollen allergy symptoms include nasal congestion, itchy watery eyes, sneezing and a runny nose.

Treatments: Over-the-counter decongestants, nasal sprays and antihistamines (e.g. Benadryl) can help fight pollen allergy symptoms. However, prevention is often key. On days where the pollen count is high or its windy, it’s best to stay in as much as possible and to keep windows and door shut.

Dust Mite

These microscopic creatures thrive in household dust and cause year-round symptoms such as sneezing, red and itchy eyes and either a stuffy or runny nose.

Treatment: While over-the-counter antihistamines can help reduce symptoms, preventing these dust mites from living in your home is the number one way to keep allergies away. Since dust mites can’t live in cold, dry environments, we recommend getting a dehumidifier to keep humidity down, as well as setting room temperatures to below 70 degrees F.

Pet Dander

No one wants to blame Fido or the family’s cuddly feline for causing your sneezing, itchy eyes and congestion; however, if you notice your child’s allergy symptoms start to act up whenever they are around a pet, then the dander found on their skin could be the allergy trigger.

Treatment: Antihistamines and nasal steroids can be helpful; however, some people with chronic symptoms may need immunotherapy from their ENT doctor.

If you are dealing with allergy symptoms that don’t ease up with these tips than it might be time to schedule an appointment with your ENT doctor at Children’s Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Orlando, FL. Call us today!

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