Allergy Doctor for Children in Palmetto Bay, FL
We have the solution to your allergy symptoms! Don’t suffer from congestion, itchy eyes, or any other symptoms associated with your allergy. Come to Piniella Asthma and Allergy for treatment today. Call us now or schedule an appointment online with our allergist today!
Allergies in children are very common and can come in many forms. While most cases are not serious or dangerous, in rare cases, they can be. It’s important to know the difference between a mild or moderate reaction with a serious one. Thankfully, there are doctors who dedicate their entire careers to working with and treating allergies and can provide you with the information that you need to keep your child safe.
When should I take my child to the doctor for allergies?
Schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider if your child is coughing, sneezing, or experiencing other uncomfortable symptoms for longer than 10 days. An allergist can provide a diagnosis and treatment options to help your child get back to feeling like themselves.
Identifying and avoiding triggers is a crucial part of a treatment plan for allergies. A doctor may prescribe antihistamines or decongestants to reduce allergy symptoms if avoiding the allergen is not possible. Another way to eliminate allergies long-term is allergy shots.
If the following symptoms are present on a daily basis or seasonally, you may want to consider a visit to an allergist:
- Itchy, swollen, red, tearing eyes
- Itchy nose, ears, eyes, or throat
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Persistent post-nasal drip
What is an allergy specialist called?
An allergy immunologist is a health care professional who specializes in allergic diseases that may impact children and adults by diagnosing what they are allergic to and providing treatment. They will also educate their patients on the procedures to take in case of an emergency as some allergic reactions can be more severe than others.
Immune system malfunctions can cause problems that include allergies, primary immune deficiency disorders, autoimmune diseases, and acquired deficiency disorders. The allergist on staff at Piniella Asthma and Allergy offers complete care for many types of immunologic disorders.
What happens when you go to an allergist?
You’ll be sent to an allergist for testing if the doctor suspects your child has a food allergy. Here’s how to prepare so you get the most out of your appointment and what you need to know.
Your allergist will want to know whether anyone else in the family has allergies and what they are allergic to as most allergies are often genetic.
Testing will then be performed to determine if there is anything else your child may be allergic to. The two most common types of tests are skin-prick tests and blood tests but unfortunately, they don’t give a definitive answer. That’s why how the child has reacted to certain foods in the past is important. Allergists should only test for foods they suspect might be a problem because the tests only show if your child creates what is called IgE antibodies to the food. You may unnecessarily avoid types of food if your child falsely tests positive for a certain food. An allergist may suggest an oral food challenge because the skin-prick and blood tests aren’t reliable diagnostics in which case your child actually eats the suspected food under medical supervision to see if there is a reaction.
If your child is exhibiting signs of an allergic reaction, come to Piniella Asthma and Allergy today! Our team of allergy specialists can help you and your child find the relief you need! To talk with an expert, contact our office today. Visit us online or give us a call to schedule an appointment at our clinic.