Allergic Reaction: Symptoms and Treatment
It is essential to know everything about allergies to make sure that you know if your child is developing any in order to help him overcome this problem.
What happens during an allergy attack?
Imagine you child breathing a tiny particle of pollen flying in the air. This particle will attach to his nose. His body will identify this small particle as invader and react by sending histamine. Histamine’s job is to help fight the invaders by producing inflammation making your child nose swollen and watery.
How do you know if your child has allergies?
Your child sneezes, has watery eyes and runny nose about the same time every year? Does he develop a rash after eating chocolate? Etc. The best way to find out more about your child’s allergy is to undergo two basic tests:
- Skin test: The doctor injects several tiny amounts of allergens under your child’s hand skin. He will wait around 20mn. If your child’s skin becomes red and itchy this means that he is sensitive to that allergen. Another skin test uses patches to check allergens that come from things he touches.
- Blood test: There are two types of blood tests. The RIST test which checks the level of IgE’s in your child’s blood. High levels show allergies. The other blood test called RAST test and it measures the amounts of specific IgE antibodies in your child’s body.
How do I treat my child’s allergy?
There are no treatments for allergies but they can be controlled and avoided. If your child is allergic, keep him away from any allergen that makes him feel bad. Always keep at hand medicines in case of any attack. Inform your guests about the allergy issue and make sure that they do not offer any food that causes allergy. Keep your house clean, dusts and smoke free.