Allergies

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Did you know that allergies are among the most common reasons kids miss school? Michele Johnson-Towson, MD, of Pediatric Place in Tampa, Florida, understands the toll that allergies can take on children, and offers thorough diagnostic and treatment services that can help. If your little one seems to be sensitive to specific substances, schedule an allergy exam at your earliest convenience, online or by phone.

Dr. Johnson-Towson

Pediatric Place has in-house Allergy Testing Capabilities!

Frequently asked questions

What are allergies?


Allergies occur when your body launches an immune response to a substance that is generally not harmful to humans. Millions of American children have at least some type of allergy, and it’s believed that many more are struggling with allergies but have not yet been diagnosed. The human immune system is an astounding thing. When your body detects a potential threat or allergen, it swiftly creates antibodies to fight off infection. Those antibodies trigger the release of histamine and other chemicals into your bloodstream. That series of actions causes numerous allergic reactions. Once those antibodies are in place, your child can have an allergic reaction any time they are exposed to the same allergen. Some of the more common allergens include: Dust mites
Pollen
Molds
Pet dander
Soy
Peanuts and tree nuts
Cigarettes
Household cleaners
Insect stings
Latex
Certain medications
This is far from a comprehensive list. There are hundreds of substances that can trigger an allergic reaction.




What are some symptoms of allergies?


Allergy symptoms can vary from one child to the next, and can even vary in intensity in the same child. Parents should know what to look for, and be prepared to seek help if symptoms become severe or begin to interfere with the child’s normal daily activities. Some of the signs of an allergic reaction include: Itchy nose, eyes, or throat
Coughing
Sneezing
Stuffy or runny nose
Rashes or hives
Stomachache
Vomiting
Wheezing
Diarrhea
Feeling faint or briefly losing consciousness
If your child is struggling to breathe and beginning to panic, seek emergency medical attention right away.




What is allergy testing?


Allergy testing is a tool used to determine which allergens your child is sensitive to. It’s also the first step in finding the best possible treatment path. One common allergy testing tool is a simple skin test.
This process involves creating a very small scratch on the surface of the skin, then applying a drop of an allergen extract onto that area.