Allergies Specialist

KIDZCHOICE Pediatrics

Pediatrician & Pediatric Neurologist located in Miami, FL

Allergies cause reactions that can range from mildly irritating to life-threatening, so managing allergies is important for your child’s well-being. The pediatric team at KIDZCHOICE Pediatrics in Miami, Florida, specializes in diagnosing allergies and identifying other complications like asthma. They help you make a plan to manage the allergy by preventing or reducing symptoms. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Allergies Q&A

What are allergies?

When kids experience allergies, it’s because their immune systems are reacting to something they’ve touched, eaten, or inhaled. The immune system sees the allergen as a threat and acts as if it were a virus or harmful bacteria instead of something harmless.

A few of the most common allergens are:

  • Pollens
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Peanuts
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Latex
  • Shellfish

Even if you’re not sure what’s causing your child’s allergic reactions, KIDZCHOICE Pediatrics can offer the care they need. The team can identify your child’s allergen with allergy testing and provide treatment. 

What are some signs my child has allergies?

The allergy symptoms your child gets depends on the type of allergen. For example, allergies to airborne substances cause respiratory symptoms while allergies to certain materials that you touch, like latex or metals, tend to cause skin allergies like rashes or hives. 

Your child might have an allergy if they regularly get:

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Hives or welts
  • Upset stomach

A severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis causes the body to go into shock. It prompts a drop in blood pressure, trouble breathing, vomiting, and fainting among other concerning symptoms. Anaphylaxis is life-threatening, so it’s important to have a plan in place if your child’s allergies are severe. 

What is asthma?

Asthma is not the same as allergies, but some allergies trigger asthma. It’s a long-term respiratory issue that can cause symptoms frequently or intermittently. 

During an asthma attack, which allergens can trigger, the airways constrict and breathing gets more difficult for your child. Asthma triggers can also be actions and substances other than allergens, like exercise or smoke.

Asthma causes coughing, chest tightness, and wheezing among other possible respiratory symptoms. The KIDZCHOICE Pediatrics team can measure your child’s lung capacity to diagnose asthma. 

How are allergies and asthma treated?

Treatment for your child’s allergies and asthma depends on your child’s age as well as the type and severity of the symptoms. Three main categories for children’s allergy treatment are:

Avoidance

Avoidance means limiting or eliminating your child’s exposure to his or her allergens. Some allergens are easier to avoid than others, so this might not be possible for your child depending on the allergen. 

Medications

Allergy medications are available to reduce symptoms, such as antihistamines and nasal spray. Medication can also prevent or manage asthma, such as an inhaler to open your child’s airways during an attack or daily medication to prevent airway narrowing. 

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy involves allergy shots, which slowly build your child’s tolerance to their allergen. 

You shouldn’t ignore allergy or asthma symptoms in your child. Fortunately, there are prevention strategies and treatments available. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online at KIDZCHOICE Pediatrics today.