Parents often ask
urgent care pediatricians how to identify allergy symptoms in their children. There are several
signs to watch for that can indicate a pet, seasonal, or food allergy
for your child.
Signs of Pet Allergies
Household pets can make excellent additions to your family, but some people
suffer while in their vicinity due to pet allergies. Cat and dog dander
can easily spread throughout your house when you have even a single pet,
and can cause allergies for sensitive individuals. Typical pet allergy
symptoms include red or itchy eyes, coughing or wheezing, a runny and
stuffy nose, and sneezing. Some children may react with skin rashes when
coming into contact with cats or dogs, or develop hives on their chest and face.
Signs of Seasonal Allergies
In the spring, many plants and trees are in bloom, and their pollen can
cause misery for seasonal allergy sufferers, and spring allergy symptom
triggers can sometimes persist through the summer. A late bloomer, ragweed
begins to release its pollen when the weather cools and is the most common
cause of fall seasonal allergies. Winter allergies are commonly triggered
by dust mites that reside in bedding materials, and mold spores that thrive
in cool, damp areas. Seasonal allergies typically cause watery eyes, an
itchy or runny nose, coughing, sneezing, and dark circles under the eyes.
Signs of Food Allergies
There are a wide variety of food allergens that could potentially cause
symptoms in your child, and some of the most common ones are milk, eggs,
and peanuts. Some typical food allergy symptoms that affect the skin include
hives, itchy and swollen lips or tongue, and swelling of the face or extremities.
Your child may also begin sneezing, coughing, or wheezing if he is having
a reaction to something he ate, as well as lightheadedness, fainting,
or gastrointestinal upset.
Pediatrics After Hours has four locations that provide emergency pediatrics and
after hours pediatric care in the DFW area. Our experienced doctors can treat allergies, asthma, and other conditions
when your regular pediatrician is closed. Call us today at (214) 363-7242
to learn more about urgent care for kids or to schedule an appointment.