8 Common Allergens and What to Do About Them

8 Common Allergens and What to Do About Them

If you’re concerned about pediatric allergies or asthma, get in touch with Dr. Gyula Soos at Dr. Soos Pediatrics of Dublin, Georgia for more information about your child’s allergy and asthma risk.

Some allergens commonly cause symptoms like sneezing, itchy skin rashes, watery eyes, and runny nose. Allergens may be more exotic, but if your child has allergic symptoms, these common allergens are most likely to be the culprit.

Dr. Soos can help you determine the cause of your child’s allergies and recommend the best exposure reduction strategies for you and your family.

1. Pet dander

Pets can be a source of allergy symptoms, but contrary to popular opinion, it’s not animal hair that causes problems. Instead, it’s dander, shed flecks of animal skin, often containing triggering oils or saliva proteins, that causes allergic reactions in children and adults.

Pet dander allergies develop over time. After symptoms appear, your child may become increasingly sensitive to pet dander allergens. Talk to Dr. Soos about the best way to handle your child’s emerging pet allergies.

2. Pollen

The world outdoors can be as much of a problem as the world indoors if your child has allergic sensitivities to pollen. Pollen is produced by plants, trees, grass, flowers, weeds — you name it, if it grows, it might produce problematic pollen.

Not all people with pollen allergies are triggered by all types of pollen. You might need to narrow down the cause of your child’s problem to specific types of trees or weeds in order to effectively minimize exposure.

3. Dust mites

Dust isn’t just dead skin cells, it also contains dust mites, microscopic organisms that can cause allergy symptoms. Dust mite allergies aren’t seasonal, the way that pollen allergies often are. Instead, you might need to use dust mite covers and anti-dust cleaning techniques to reduce your child’s dust mite exposure and reduce allergy symptoms.

4. Mold

The small spores of mold fungus float through the air, just like pollen — and can cause similar allergic reaction issues. Watch out for mold in damp, dark areas. If you can reduce mold levels in your child’s home, school, and play environments, you can keep allergy symptoms under control.

5. Cockroaches

Cockroaches shed small particles that can cause allergic reactions like skin rashes. If your child has a cockroach allergy, pay extra attention to trash and waste management, using only closed trash containers, and removing trash bags from your home frequently. For a serious cockroach problem, an exterminator may be necessary to provide an allergen-free environment.

6. Insect stings

For children who are allergic to insect stings, avoiding incidents like a bee sting matters a whole lot more than it does for others, who only have to worry about a little pain after a sting.

Insect sting allergies may result in symptoms including swelling, redness, and anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis requires emergency treatment to keep your child’s airways clear.

Your child could be allergic to insects including wasps, hornets, some types of bees, yellow jackets, and fire ants. If your child has an insect sting allergy, learn more about how to avoid that type of insect. Your child may also benefit from carrying an epinephrine auto injector in case of anaphylaxis.

7. Foods

Some foods can trigger allergic reactions. Foods like peanuts or shellfish cause allergic reactions for many, but your child could have allergic sensitivities to a wide range of foods.

Dr. Soos can use sensitivity testing to learn more about your child’s food allergies. Then, we work with you to plan a safe diet for your child.

8. Latex

Latex is used in many consumer products, including gloves and food containers. Latex allergies result in symptoms of sneezing, coughing, irritated eyes, and even anaphylaxis.

If your child has a latex allergy, find alternative products that won’t trigger reactions. Get a bracelet to let others know about your child’s latex allergy, keeping them protected at all times.

For support with understanding and managing your child’s allergies or asthma, get in touch with Dr. Soos Pediatrics today. Schedule your initial consultation appointment over the phone, request an appointment online now, or, take advantage of our walk-in clinic and extended hours for allergy treatment at any time.

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