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Asthma & Allergies


Signs & Symptoms of Allergies in Children

If you feel your child is showing signs of allergies or asthma, please contact NOVA Pediatrics to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.

Allergies occur when the body reacts to an outside factor - such as pollen, insect bites or stings, food, soap, pet dander, etc. - that does not cause a reaction in most other people.

Allergic rhinitis is very common and is also known as nasal allergies. If allergy symptoms occur only at certain times of the year, such as spring or fall, this is known as seasonal nasal allergies or "hayfever." If allergy symptoms occur all year long, this is called perennial nasal allergies. Common causes of allergic rhinitis include, but are not limited to, pollen, house-dust mites, mold and animals. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy nose, watery or itchy eyes, scratchy throat, red eyes, darkening under eyes (known as allergic shiners), swollen eyes and dark crease below the bridge of the nose (allergic salute)

Allergic reactions to food, medication or other environmental factors can result in symptoms such as tingling in the mouth; swelling of lips, tongue, face or throat; hives; and Anaphylaxis - a potentially life-threatening condition.

While most allergies cannot be cured, there are treatments available to help. Prevention in order to avoid exposure to triggers is also very important. Over the counter antihistamines (Claritin, Benadryl, Zyrtec or Allegra) help to relieve symptoms of allergic rhinitis. These medications will also help relieve itching and swelling due to hives or an allergic reaction. Consult your doctor about proper usage. Additional medications, such as nasal sprays, decongestants and leukotrien blockers, such as Singulair also help with symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Some patients also begin receiving allergy shots.

If you believe your child may be suffering from allergies, please make an allergy appointment to discuss symptoms and possible treatment options going forward.

Asthma is an immune system reaction that affects the airways and breathing. If you have an allergy, you are more likely to develop asthma. Asthma that is triggered by an allergen in the environment is known as allergy-induced asthma. There is also a form of asthma brought on by physical activity, known as exercise-induced asthma. If you suspect your child may be suffering from asthma, please make an appointment to discuss the symptoms and treatment.

Is your child showing signs of asthma or allergies? Schedule an appointment with a pediatrician at Nova Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine in Springfield & Woodbridge, VA today!

Additional Resources

Allergy and Asthma Network

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

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