Allergy and Asthma Care in Fountain Valley and Garden Grove, CA
Fortunately, most children are unaffected by the pollen, environmental pollutants, mold, dust and animal dander that fill the air we breathe. But there are still many others for whom these airborne contaminants can make life utterly miserable, and need relief from the itching, sneezing, runny nose and other unpleasant symptoms. Most allergies fall into the following categories:
Asthma is the most common chronic illness for children and teens in the United States. You might be surprised to know that more than 23 million Americans have asthma and more than one-quarter of them are children under 18 years. Asthma is a type of allergy often worsened by:
However, asthma can be managed. The goal is to help your child take control of his or her asthma. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) describes the medical home as a model of healthcare. At DR2KIDS, we provide such a medical home for your child and take care of them in a way that looks at the whole child. We include you, the parent, in making decisions about your child's care and respect your family’s choices.
Good communication with your child’s doctor leads to better outcomes! Prepare before your child’s appointment. Write down your child’s medicines or bring them with you. Bring your child’s spacers, too. Write down your questions or concerns so you don’t forget to ask.
Some things you may want to talk about include:
- How often your child uses a quick-relief (rescue) medicine
- If asthma keeps your child up at night
- If your child’s Asthma Action Plan is up-to-date
- If your child is using his inhaler the right way
- The things that trigger your child’s asthma attacks
Roughly 15% to 20% of the US population has some degree of allergic rhinitis, the medical term for what is often called hay fever. While often seasonal, it can last all year long. Its impact on quality of life is profound, including loss of school, reduced sleep, productivity and school and test performance.
Any food can cause an allergic reaction however the most common are: eggs, peanuts, milk, nuts, soy, fish and shellfish, wheat, peas. Symptoms of reactions include: itching, hives, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach aches. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction to a food and can be life threatening if not treated immediately.
The most common symptoms of a drug allergy or drug hypersensitivity are: skin rash or hives, itchy skin, wheezing, other breathing problems, swelling of body parts. These reactions can occur within minutes or hours of exposure to medications.
Insect bites and stings can cause a variety of reactions, the majority of which are limited to the skin, but sometimes they can spread to other parts of the body. Anaphylaxis is the most serious reaction which is a rapid, severe allergic response that occurs when a person is exposed to an insect allergen. This can be caused by stings from bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and bites from fire ants.
Eczema (or atopic dermatitis) is one of the most common allergic skin conditions, typically seen on the face, knees and elbows. This red, itchy, scaly rash is most frequently seen in infants, but it also affects older children who have a family history of asthma or other allergies.
We perform asthma testing using a common in-office test known as spirometry to measure how your lungs are working. Spirometry, which means measuring breath, tells us how much air you inhale, how much you exhale and how quickly you exhale. We use spirometry to diagnose breathing conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Spirometry is the most common and widely used breathing or pulmonary function test (PFT) in medicine.
Protect your child from allergies and asthma at DR2KIDS. Call us at 714.241.1777 or take advantage of our convenient Request an Appointment form. Our allergy and asthma patients come to us from the Southern California cities of Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and surrounding Orange County areas.