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Allergies Specialist

Pediatric Practitioners of Oklahoma

Pediatrics located in Claremore, OK

Anyone can develop allergies at any age. In children, allergies may cause a wide range of symptoms that interfere with daily activities and may lead to more missed days at school. Pediatric Practitioners of Oklahoma in Claremore, Oklahoma, specializes in the treatment of common allergies in children. To help your child manage their allergy symptoms, call the office to book an appointment today.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are an immune system reaction to a specific substance — an allergen — your child inhales, touches, or eats. 

When your child comes in contact with the allergen, their immune system releases antibodies that “attack” the foreign substance. These antibodies then trigger the release of histamine and other chemicals that trigger the allergic reaction. 

Common allergens include:

  • Food (e.g., milk, wheat, nuts, soy, eggs, seafood)
  • Pollen, ragweed, and grass
  • Dust
  • Insects
  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Medication

Any child can develop allergies. However, your child may be at greater risk of having allergies if they run in the family. Your child may also be more sensitive to allergens if they have asthma. 

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Allergy symptoms may affect any body system. The type of symptoms your child has may depend on their allergen.

Common allergy symptoms in children include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Rash or hives
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Some children may have a life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, which causes difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, and loss of consciousness. Your child needs emergency medical care when having a serious allergic reaction.

Children with asthma and allergies may also have more severe allergic reactions, or their allergies may cause severe asthma attacks. 

When should I get help for my child’s allergies?

If your child has allergy symptoms, schedule a consultation at Pediatric Practitioners of Oklahoma. Early diagnosis and treatment of your child’s allergies improve their quality of life and reduce the number of days they miss school. 

During your visit, a pediatric specialist reviews your child’s symptoms, medical history, and family history. If unknown, they may also perform allergy testing to determine the allergen causing your child’s symptoms. 

Allergy testing may include skin patch testing or a blood test. 

How are allergies treated?

Pediatric Practitioners of Oklahoma provides comprehensive treatment for common pediatric allergies. Treatment may include lifestyle changes to avoid contact with the allergen, as well as medication to help manage symptoms, such as antihistamines or nasal sprays.

If your child has severe allergies, Pediatric Practitioners of Oklahoma gives referrals to allergists so they get the specialized care they need. 

Allergies are common and treatable chronic health conditions. To help your child get relief from their allergy symptoms, call Pediatric Practitioners of Oklahoma, today.