Immunotherapy for Kids in Scottsdale, AZ
Is Your Child Suffering from Allergies? We Can Help! At KidsHealth Pediatrics, Dr. Maria Nabong Provides In-House Allergy Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots) for Children. Please Call Our Friendly Staff Today at (602) 783-8655 or Visit Us at 5425 E Bell Rd Suite 131 Scottsdale, AZ 85254.
It’s difficult as a parent to watch your child suffer from allergies of any type. Allergy medications relieve symptoms temporarily but can cause side effects. The entire process of giving them a daily allergy drug can be quite an inconvenience for both you and your kid. The constant worry parents with children who have food allergies have is a nightmare. However, KidsHealth Pediatrics, serving Scottsdale, AZ and the surrounding area, can provide your child with a long-term, convenient solution for allergies known as immunotherapy.
About Children’s Allergies
An allergy occurs when a person’s immune system responds to a certain trigger like pollen, mold, dander, or a food. Your child’s immune system thinks the allergen is harmful, so his or her body tries to ward it off.
Allergic rhinitis is the most common type of allergy children experience. This describes a condition when a kid has nasal symptoms from their allergy, including a runny, stuffy, or itchy nose from inhaling an allergen. They also may sneeze a lot. Some even experience hives.
The next most common allergy in children is a skin reaction. This occurs when your child’s skin comes in contact with an ingredient in certain perfume, laundry soap, or lotion. If your child has a skin allergy, he or she may develop hives or a rash.
Although it’s the least common allergy, it’s possible for a food allergy to cause a serious reaction in children. It’s actually becoming a more common concern among children. The symptoms of a food allergy vary. Your child may experience hives but could also have difficulty breathing, digestive upset, stomach cramping, nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting. The most common food allergies in children include nuts, milk, and eggs.
The most serious type of allergic reaction is anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening. During anaphylaxis, your child’s entire body responds to the allergen. It could cause your child’s lips to tingle or swell. His or her throat and tongue may swell as well. Your child could have difficulty breathing. It’s even possible for your child’s blood pressure to decrease, his or her pulse to increase, or he or she to become unconscious.
Immunotherapy for Children
If your child has an allergy, especially a serious one, it can hinder his or her quality. Your son or daughter may feel excluded when he or she can’t eat the same foods as the other children. Plus, you have that constant worry of a reaction. For these reasons and others, we offer immunotherapy – a permanent solution for allergy relief.
Immunotherapy consists of our physician giving your child a small dosage of his or her allergen. At the next appointment, he or she receives a higher quantity. The amount keeps raising incrementally. Eventually, your kid’s immune system gets used to the allergen, and his or her body won’t respond or will only respond slightly. Basically, your child’s immune system is desensitized.
Most commonly, we give children immunotherapy via injections. If your child finds the allergy shots unpleasant, we may recommend switching to sublingual immunotherapy, consisting of our doctor giving your child a tablet with the allergen in it.
Keep in mind, we only recommend immunotherapy for children who are five or older. We prefer children who are able to speak well, so they may communicate their symptoms with us. The rate in which our doctor increases the dosage of the allergen will depend upon how your child’s body responds, which we monitor carefully.
Schedule an appointment for immunotherapy for your child by calling KidsHealth Pediatrics, serving Scottsdale, AZ and the nearby region, at (602) 783-8655.