Smita Tandon, MD
Pediatrician located in Fountain Valley, CA
Allergies affect up to 20% of the United States population. If your child is one of them, Smita Tandon, MD, can help. At her Fountain Valley, California, pediatric practice, Dr. Tandon and her team offer comprehensive allergy services to help your child manage their reactions to the environment, foods, and certain medications. Dr. Tandon offers in-office testing options and innovative treatments to prevent missed school days and potentially life-threatening side effects. Learn more about allergy treatment options by calling the office today or schedule a consultation online.
What are common childhood allergies?
Allergies are the body’s overreaction to substances that are otherwise harmless to others. The body produces antigens against these substances as a method of defense, resulting in a variety of symptoms, such as a runny nose or breathing difficulties.
Common allergens that affect children include:
- Insect bites
- Pet dander
- Cigarette smoke
- Certain medications
Allergies can resolve as your child grows into adulthood, but some people will need to manage allergies for the rest of their life.
What are the symptoms of allergies?
When your child has seasonal allergies, or allergic rhinitis, they may frequently have a runny nose, persistent sneezing, and itchy and watery eyes.
Allergies to medications and insect bites can cause symptoms like:
- Skin rash
Skin allergies are common in children. This type of allergy produces a skin rash, known as eczema, which causes a painful, scaly rash often on the face, elbows, and knees.
Some children also develop asthma when they come into contact with an allergen. This condition causes the airways in the throat to swell up, making breathing difficult.
Children with food allergies may experience chronic stomach aches, diarrhea, vomiting, and skin rashes after exposure to an allergen. Common food allergies include eggs, milk, soy, and nuts.
Allergies can also cause a potentially life-threatening reaction, known as anaphylaxis. This condition puts the body into shock, making breathing very difficult and possibly causing the loss of consciousness. If not treated immediately, anaphylaxis can result in long-term health issues and death.
What treatment options are available for allergies?
Depending on the type and severity of your child’s allergy, Dr. Tandon and her team create a care plan that treats allergy symptoms and helps your child avoid exposure to certain allergens.
For seasonal allergies, Dr. Tandon may recommend over-the-counter antihistamines to reduce the severity of symptoms. Your child may need to take these medications all year long, or on an as-needed basis.
Food allergies require extreme caution about what your child eats. Dr. Tandon can help you create a diet plan that keeps your child away from food allergens while still ensuring they receive the proper nutrition.
If your child has skin allergies, Dr. Tandon can provide a prescription-strength topical cream to keep skin hydrated and lessen the severity of itching.
If you suspect your child has allergies, schedule a consultation today. You can book online or by phone.