It seems more than ever before that allergies are prominent. Allergies are common with almost 20% of Australians having an allergic disease. The prevalence amongst kids in particular is increasing. This article will focus on Kids and Allergies. Allergies are abnormal immune system reactions. They are usually reactions to things that are typically harmless to the majority of the population. It is the immune system believing that particular substances are harmful. These substances are called allergens. The most common allergens are some foods, pollen, dust and medications. Food triggers for allergies in kids include peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat and fish.
Symptoms of Allergies
An allergic reaction can result in one or more of the following symptoms:
- runny nose
- continuous cough
- shortness of breath
- stomach pain and
When someone has a severe allergy they can be at risk of potentially life-threatening reactions. These reactions are called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can happen within seconds of being exposed to an allergen or a few hours after. If anyone in your family has anaphylaxis it is important to speak to your doctor about an epinephrine auto-injector. Some of the most common symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
- chest pains
- shortness of breath
- swelling of the mouth
- trouble swallowing and
- weak pulse
What to Do If You Suspect Your Child May Have an Allergy
If you think your child may be allergic to a substance or if you think they are having mild reaction symptoms it is highly recommended not to diagnose an allergy on your own especially a food allergen. Incorrect self-diagnosis of allergens can lead to other problems later on. Your health care provider will send you to an allergist to take appropriate measures, in identifying any symptoms and allergies your child may have.
An allergist will;
- Take a medical history
- Ask questions about eating habits to determine if a specific food or other allergen may be causing the symptoms
- Perform a physical exam
- Ask you to keeping a food and symptom journal
Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.
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