If your child frequently has red eyes, a runny nose, or can't stop sneezing, they may have allergies. Allergies can disrupt their ability to concentrate in school and may leave them feeling tired and worn out. At Primary Care Pediatrics in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Dr. Eugenia Marcus offers effective allergy treatments to minimize lifestyle interruptions. She can treat existing symptoms to provide needed relief for your child. Schedule an appointment online or call the office to learn more about managing allergy symptoms.
Allergies are the body’s overreaction to an allergen as it works to fight off a perceived threat. The immune system makes antibodies that cause the release of chemicals, like histamines, into the bloodstream. These chemicals are what cause the physical symptoms of allergies in the nose, throat, eyes, skin, and lungs.
Common causes of allergies in children include:
Children may also develop allergies to certain foods, including milk products, eggs, and peanuts.
Some allergies may only occur seasonally, such as during the spring and fall when pollen counts are high. Some may occur only when your child comes into contact with an allergen trigger.
Children can inherit allergies from their parents or they may develop allergies on their own. In some cases, children outgrow allergies by the time they reach adulthood.
Allergy symptoms vary from child to child and can range from mild to severe. Common allergy symptoms include:
Allergies can also trigger asthma attacks in children that have the condition.
Food allergies may be serious and can cause life-threatening complications, including anaphylaxis – an allergic reaction that causes breathing problems and a sudden drop in blood pressure.
At Primary Care Pediatrics, allergy testing is not available. However, Dr. Marcus can evaluate your child’s symptoms and create a custom care plan to help manage them effectively. She can also help identify existing allergy triggers.
Dr. Marcus ensures your child’s allergies don’t develop into other medical complications, such as sinus or ear infections.
There is no cure for allergies, but Dr. Marcus provides guidance to reduce your child’s exposure to possible allergens.
To treat allergy symptoms that disrupt your child’s daily life, Dr. Marcus may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medicines, including:
If allergies result in infections of the ear or sinuses, Dr. Marcus may provide a course of antibiotics to clear up the infection.
Schedule an allergy evaluation with Dr. Marcus at Primary Care Pediatrics by phone or using the convenient online booking feature.