Pediatrics located in Lowell, MA & Chelmsford, MA
If your child is bothered by seasonal or chronic allergies, you can find help at Cardinal Pediatrics. The medical team specializes in allergy services to help your child manage their respiratory allergies, food allergies, and skin allergies. They offer on-site allergy testing services and customize care plans to help your child find relief from sneezing, itchy skin, and other common allergy symptoms. Call the office in Chelmsford or Lowell, Massachusetts, to schedule an allergy consultation, or book an appointment online today.
Allergies Q & A
What are allergies?
Allergies are the body’s overreaction to substances in the environment that aren’t generally harmful to others.
When your child comes into contact with an allergen, their immune system goes into overdrive, producing antibodies that trigger a variety of symptoms ranging from mild to life-threatening. Common allergy triggers include:
- Pet dander
- Insect bites
Kids may also be allergic to certain foods, including nuts, dairy products, and soy, as well as ingredients in medications.
When should I schedule a consultation for allergies?
You should schedule a consultation at Cardinal Pediatrics if your child has symptoms of allergies that you can’t manage with over-the-counter remedies.
Allergy symptoms can include:
- Itchy nose
- Watery eyes
- Hives or skin rash
- Chest tightness
Food allergies can cause swelling in the tongue, lips, and face.
Some children can develop anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition that causes sudden inflammation in the airways. This condition can make breathing difficult and requires immediate emergency medical care at the nearest hospital or by calling 911.
The team at Cardinal Pediatrics offers on-site allergy testing to pinpoint the cause of your child’s allergies. Testing can involve bloodwork, or the team can prick your child’s skin with small amounts of known allergens. If a raised, red welt develops at the site, it indicates an allergic reaction.
Based on the test results, the team customizes an allergy treatment plan for your child.
How are allergies treated?
If your child has seasonal allergies, the Cardinal Pediatrics team can recommend over-the-counter antihistamines or prescribe stronger allergy medications if necessary.
Immunotherapy is available to treat chronic allergies. This treatment involves a series of injections of known allergens to change how your child’s body reacts to the substances.
To manage anaphylaxis, the team works with your child to reduce their exposure to known allergens. They also prescribe an epinephrine pen, which contains medications to quickly relieve airway inflammation. Your child needs to carry the medication at all times to prevent serious medical complications, including premature death.
During regular follow-up visits, the Cardinal Pediatrics team continues to monitor your child’s allergy treatment. They can also provide customized care plans for asthma, a chronic respiratory condition that can occur with allergies.
To schedule an allergy consultation, call the Cardinal Pediatrics office nearest you, or book a consultation online today.
We offer pediatric care, physical exams, and newborn care located in Lowell, MA and Chelmsford, MA. Call us to book your appointment today.
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