Allergies Specialist

Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic

Pediatrics located in Eagle Pass, TX

Allergies are one of the most common conditions that affect a child’s health. At Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic, experienced pediatrician, Eliézer Hernández, MD, PA, offers customized solutions for treating chronic allergies. Dr. Hernández can identify potential allergy triggers and help your child better manage their allergic reactions through medication and avoidance plans. Find out more about available treatments for allergies by calling the Eagle Pass, Texas, office or scheduling a consultation online today.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are the body’s overreaction to substances usually not harmless to other people. When the body is exposed to certain allergens, the immune system triggers a defense reaction that can range from mild to life threatening.

Common allergy triggers include:

  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Grass
  • Pollen
  • Insect bites
  • Animal dander

Children may also develop allergies to certain foods, especially dairy, seafood, and nuts.

Childhood allergies often resolve on their own as kids get older. However, in some cases, allergies can become a life-long issue that needs proper medical management to prevent health complications.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

When your child has allergies, they may experience a variety of symptoms that affect their eyes, respiratory system, skin, and digestive health. Common symptoms of allergies include:

  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Chronic cough
  • Watery eyes
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Shortness of breath and asthma

Food allergies can result in an upset stomach, frequent diarrhea or constipation, and vomiting.

In some cases, children with severe allergies can develop a life-threatening reaction, known as anaphylaxis. This reaction causes sudden and severe swelling in the airways that interferes with breathing. Without prompt treatment, anaphylaxis can cause long-term health issues or death.

How are allergies diagnosed?

If your child shows symptoms of allergies, your Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic provider performs safe allergy tests in-office, exposing your child to potential allergies to evaluate their reaction. 

In many cases, a simple skin allergy test can determine which substances cause a reaction in your child. Your child’s doctor pricks the skin with a small amount of a potential allergen and evaluates how your child’s body responds. 

The medical team is well equipped to address even serious reactions during testing to protect your child’s health.

What treatments are available for allergies?

Once your Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic doctor determines your child’s allergy triggers, he works closely with you to develop a plan to alleviate symptoms and help your child avoid allergens. 

In some cases, over-the-counter allergy medications can relieve symptoms and prevent new allergy attacks. Your child may also need prescription medications to manage allergies.

If your child has asthma that’s triggered by allergies, your provider may prescribe asthma medications as well, including inhaled medications to alleviate airway inflammation.

When anaphylaxis is a concern, the staff at Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic may also prescribe an injectable epinephrine medication to quickly address allergic reactions and prevent life-threatening breathing difficulties.

If your child needs help managing chronic allergies, schedule a consultation with the Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic team today online or by phone.