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Allergies Specialist

Pediatric Care Of Four Corners

Pediatricians located in Davenport, FL

If your child is constantly sneezing or if allergies are triggering asthma attacks, don’t delay a comprehensive evaluation at Pediatric Care of Four Corners in Davenport, Florida. Board-certified pediatrician, Eiman ElSayed, MD, and her team offer comprehensive care for all types of allergies, including seasonal and chronic allergies. Dr. ElSayed provides on-site testing, medications, and immunotherapy to improve your child’s quality of life. Schedule a consultation for allergies at Pediatric Care of Four Corners today by phone or by using the online booking system.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are your body’s overreaction to substances usually considered harmless to others. When you make contact with an allergen, your body reacts by producing antibodies to fight off a perceived attack. 

These antibodies result in a variety of symptoms, some serious enough to interfere with your child’s quality of life.

Some of the most common allergens that trigger allergic reactions in children include:

  • Mold
  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Insect bites

Certain medications and foods can also produce an allergic reaction, which for some children can be life-threatening.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Coming into contact with an allergen can trigger a variety of symptoms, ranging from mild and occasional to chronically severe. Some of the most common symptoms of an environmental allergy include:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes
  • Skin rashes

In some children, exposure to an allergen triggers an asthma attack. Asthma is a condition that causes inflammation in the airways and the excess production of mucus that makes it difficult for your child to breathe. 

Some children with allergy-triggered asthma require emergency medical treatment to prevent serious health complications.

If your child has a severe reaction to allergens, known as anaphylaxis, they also require emergency care. Anaphylaxis causes your child’s throat to close up and restricts normal breathing, which can lead to shock and sudden death.

How are allergies treated?

The team at Pediatric Care of Four Corners works to identify allergy triggers through on-site skin testing, which involves pricking the skin with small amounts of a suspected allergen.

Once they determine the cause of your child’s allergies, they design a treatment plan to provide long-term relief of symptoms and prevent life-threatening health complications.

For seasonal allergies due to pollen and dust, your child may benefit from over-the-counter or prescription medications in addition to actively avoiding allergy triggers as much as possible.

For chronic allergies, immunotherapy may be effective in reducing your child’s overall sensitivity to allergy triggers. This involves a series of injections of small amounts of allergens over a period of several years under close medical supervision.

Food allergies and other triggers of an anaphylactic reaction require an emergency treatment plan. The team at Pediatric Care of Four Corners works with you and your child to make diet and lifestyle changes to avoid contact with allergens and ensure your child has the necessary fast-acting medications to reduce airway inflammation.

If your child has asthma, the Pediatric Care of Four Corners team can also customize a care plan using both short-acting and long-acting medications to improve breathing.

Schedule a consultation to find out more about treatment options available for seasonal and chronic allergies by calling Pediatric Care of Four Corners or by requesting an appointment online today.