Anthonia Emezie, MD
Pediatrics located in Matthews, NC
No parent enjoys seeing their child suffer from allergies. Anthonia Emezie, MD, of Covenant Pediatrics, PA, in Matthews, North Carolina, specializes in the management of allergies and can provide treatment that can help provide your child relief from symptoms. For expert care of your child from an experienced pediatrician, call the office today, or book an appointment online.
Allergies Q & A
What are allergies?
Allergies occur due to an overreaction of the immune system to a foreign substance most people can tolerate without issues. If your child has allergies, their body’s immune system has created antibodies to the foreign substance, or allergen, that creates the symptoms commonly associated with allergies.
Your child may be at risk of allergies if they run in your family.
What are common pediatric allergens?
Children can develop an allergy to any substance. Some of the most common allergens include:
- Insect bites or bee stings
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
- Cigarette smoke
- Peanuts, eggs, milk
If you suspect your child has allergies, contact Covenant Pediatrics, so Dr. Emezie can conduct a comprehensive evaluation. Keeping a diary of your child’s symptoms and the details surrounding their occurrence may help Dr. Emezie identify the underlying allergen.
To formally identify your child’s allergen, Dr. Emezie may conduct a skin prick allergy test or run a special blood test.
What are common allergy symptoms?
Your child’s allergy symptoms may vary depending on the allergen and the severity of their allergy.
Common allergy symptoms include:
- Nasal congestion
- Scratchy throat
- Itchy or watery eyes
Allergies may also lead to frequent ear infections due to the accumulation of fluid caused by congestion.
With severe allergies, your child is at risk of anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening immune response that may lead to a loss consciousness, shortness of breath, or change in pulse rate. You should seek immediate medical care during an anaphylactic reaction.
How are allergies managed in children?
Dr. Emezie develops individualized treatment plans to help your child get relief from their symptoms. Avoiding the allergen, if possible, is usually the first step in preventing symptoms.
However, it may be difficult to avoid certain allergens, such as pollen, and Dr. Emezie may recommend other methods to reduce your child’s symptoms such as allergy medication or immunotherapy, which is a form of treatment used for severe allergies that helps your child build up a tolerance to the allergen to prevent reactions.
For severe allergies, Dr. Emezie provides emergency epinephrine for you to keep with you at all times.
Allergies are common in children but can be managed with the right medical care. To help your child find relief from their allergies, call Covenant Pediatrics today, or book an appointment online.