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Allergy Symptoms

Pediatrics and Child Health

There are many different types of allergies that can bring on allergy symptoms. Your child may have seasonal allergies, often called hay-fever, which are caused by pollen or other things in the air around springtime. Food allergies are also common, especially allergies to things like peanuts. Your child may also be allergic to bee-stings, a certain fabric softener, or any number of other things in their environment. All of these allergies can bring in different allergy symptoms that can be hard for your child to deal with.

Allergy Symptoms

The most common allergy symptoms include watery eyes, a runny nose, a sore throat, a headache and sneezing. These symptoms may be brought on by seasonal allergies, animals, or stimulants in the environment that the body reacts to. The symptoms will usually worsen when the child has contact with whatever is causing the allergy and may dissipate when the child is no longer around the offending item, so it can sometimes be easy to isolate exactly what is causing the symptoms. For example, if your child is around a cat and sneezes a lot and then the cat leaves and she stops, it is likely your child is allergic to the cat.

Other allergy symptoms include hives, difficulty breathing in the form of shortness of breath or an asthma attack or a feeling that the throat is closing up, cramps and vomiting. When these reactions occur, the allergy problem may be more serious and your child may need immediate medical attention.

There are a number of different things you can do when you recognize allergy symptoms in your child. Your best bet is usually to take your child to the pediatrician. He can help you to determine the appropriate course of action. He may recommend an allergy test to identify what is causing the problem for your child, or a food elimination diet to help you pinpoint the cause of food allergies. He can also recommend treatments, ranging from simple solutions such as taking over-the-counter antihistamines or other children's allergy medication, to more complex solutions like carrying an inhaler or an "epi pen" or Epinephrine autoinjector which can help to stop a severe allergic reaction before it becomes deadly.

Because allergy symptoms can, in fact, become serious and in some cases life threatening, it is always a good idea to consult with a pediatrician before deciding your child’s allergy is harmless and something that can be handled with over-the-counter drugs.

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