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No one wants to think that their child is sick and in the time of COVID-19 and other serious respiratory illnesses, it can be downright terrifying. The good news is that you have access to a qualified, compassionate, and thorough immunology and allergy office: Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group. Keep reading to learn more about the possibility of your child having asthma or allergies and then contact us at 805-658-9500 for help.
The truth is that asthma is much more common in children than many people realize. In fact, about 10% of children will develop it. Symptoms include noisy breathing, coughing at night or when exercising, wheezing, trouble breathing, and a tight feeling in the chest. These can happen daily, weekly, or even less frequently. Some of the most common triggers for asthma include respiratory infections, allergic rhinitis, and exercise.
If you bring your child to us, we can evaluate their pattern of symptoms. We can perform allergy tests and physical exams as needed. We have a number of options for allergy testing, including skin testing. The right treatment will depend on what the results of the tests are but could include determining what the triggers are and avoiding them, medication, nebulizers, and inhalers.
If a child has allergies, they can generally use the same treatments that adults would. This may involve taking regular medication to control the symptoms. In cases of serious allergies, shots may be required. However, do not ever give your child an allergy medication without first talking to your child’s doctor or an allergist. We can find the right solution that has the best symptom relief and lowest chance of side effects for your child.
Did you know that asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases? It is one of the main causes of childhood disability and can be a huge burden on both the child and their family. Untreated asthma can affect a child’s ability to play, sleep, and learn. About 13 million school days are missed every year due to asthma.
Do you know what the most common food allergies are for kids? They include eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, milk, and soy. There are some food allergies that are often outgrown when a child becomes an adult, including egg, milk, and soy. A person who develops an allergy as an adult is most likely going to have that allergy for the rest of their life.
If you have questions or need a doctor to see your child, please contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500 for help.