Comprehensive Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Edison, NJ

More than six million American children live with allergies, which cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. The physicians at Comprehensive Pediatrics in Edison, New Jersey, provide in-office testing for environmental and food allergies and personalized treatment plans to protect your child’s health. Call Comprehensive Pediatrics or schedule a consultation online if you’re concerned that your child has an allergy.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Your body’s immune system identifies threats, such as viruses or bacteria, and acts against them to stop you from becoming sick. An allergy occurs when your immune system mistakenly identifies a benign substance as a threat and attacks it. 

Some common allergens — the substances that trigger an allergic response — include:

  • Pollen
  • Foods like nuts, dairy, and shellfish
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Latex
  • Insects
  • Medications

Allergy symptoms vary. For example, your child might experience hayfever, also called allergic rhinitis, and have a stuffy or runny nose, watery eyes, wheezing breath, and frequent sneezes. Other allergies cause skin rashes and hives, swelling, or gastrointestinal symptoms.

When should I talk to a doctor about my child’s allergies?

You should make an appointment at Comprehensive Pediatrics if you think your child has an allergic reaction to something. 

Allergies are common childhood health issues. While many children outgrow an allergy, careful medical management is critical to protecting their health. 

Additionally, allergies can become more severe over time, so you should work with a doctor to identify and manage your child’s condition and reduce their risk of a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. 

How do you diagnose allergies?

The physicians at Comprehensive Pediatrics provide in-office testing for a variety of environmental and food allergies. They begin by reviewing your child’s medical history and symptoms and ask what you think triggered your child’s allergic reaction.

During allergy testing, your doctor applies a small amount of a diluted allergen to your child’s skin and monitors them for signs of an allergic reaction. They can test for several suspected allergens at the same time, creating a line or grid of tests. 

Your doctor might also recommend a food challenge. Your child consumes minimal amounts of food that might have triggered their symptoms while the doctor observes them.

The doctor stays with your child throughout the testing. They monitor your child to identify any signs of an allergic reaction and immediately take action if the test triggers a severe response. 

How do you treat allergies?

While there’s no known cure for allergies, the team at Comprehensive Pediatrics provides customized allergy management. 

They can help you create an allergy avoidance strategy to reduce your child’s exposure to allergies and a plan for what to do if your child has a severe allergic reaction.

The team can prescribe medication such as antihistamines, which block the chemicals that cause allergy symptoms. If necessary, they can prescribe an epinephrine pen (Epi-Pen®) in case of an emergency. 

Your child might also benefit from immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a long-term treatment that trains your child’s immune system to recognize allergens as harmless. With treatment, your child’s allergies fade.

If you suspect your child has an allergy, call Comprehensive Pediatrics or make an appointment online for expert testing and personalized treatment.