Allergies

An allergy is a reaction by your immune system to something that does not bother most other people. People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one thing. Substances that often cause reactions are

  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Mold spores
  • Pet dander
  • Food
  • Insect stings
  • Medicines

Normally, your immune system fights germs. It is your body’s defense system. In most allergic reactions, however, it is responding to a false alarm. Genes and the environment probably both play a role.

Allergies can cause a variety of symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling, or asthma. Allergies can range from minor to severe. Anaphylaxis is a severe reaction that can be life-threatening. Doctors use skin and blood tests to diagnose allergies. Treatments include medicines, allergy shots, and avoiding the substances that cause the reactions. [NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases]

We at Maruthi Pediatrics help your child by offering

  • Medicines to treat the symptoms
  • Advice on how to avoid your child’s allergy triggers. You may need to make changes in your home to cut down on allergy triggers or change your child’s diet.

Your pediatrician may also suggest that you take your child to an allergy specialist. An allergist may do a skin test to find out specifically what your child is allergic to. The doctor places a tiny amount of the allergen on your child’s skin — usually on her back or forearm — and then pricks the skin underneath. It’s safe and fairly painless.

Please contact us at (919) 462-6206.