Wondering if your child has an allergy? An allergy involves an overreaction by your immune system, often to harmless substances such as pollen or foods. Dr. Nasreen Majid and Dr. Susan Hirata at LaCanada Pediatrics PC in Las Vegas, NV, provide treatments for children with allergies. Here are some general tips to help distinguish an allergy.
Check your child's symptoms
If you're not sure if your child has a cold or an allergy, inventory their symptoms. If the list encompasses a low-grade fever, yellow or greenish mucus, coughing or joint and muscle, then it's more likely a cold. But if your child has watery, red or itchy eyes; sneezing; clear nasal discharge; or their ears or throat feel scratchy -- then they may have an allergy.
Timing is everything
The duration and time of year your child's symptoms occur can be strong clues to identifying their root cause. If your child's symptoms have lasted for a few weeks or a few months, they are probably dealing with an allergy. If your child's symptoms get worse in the spring or fall when pollen counts are higher, then it's more likely to be an allergy. Seasonal allergies mean just what they say; they come and go with the seasons.
Visit with your child's Las Vegas doctor
If allergy symptoms continue to bother your child and at-home treatments fail to work, or if you're still unable to tell if your child has an allergy, then it's time to see a doctor for an evaluation. Your child's pediatrician can conduct allergy tests and offer treatment that produces the best results. Treatments for allergies include allergy medications and allergy shots.
Allergies can affect your child's day-to-day activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Don't wait another minute -- call LaCanada Pediatrics PC at (702) 796-1820 right now to schedule an appointment in Las Vegas, NV. We will provide all the relief your child needs, with relatively little hassle or expense.