Seasonal allergies are very common in kids. These symptoms usually last long and put them in sufficient inconvenience like running nose, irritation in the eyes and others. Mild to moderate cases of seasonal allergy can be successfully encountered with over-the-counter medicines like antihistamine and decongestant. But severe cases need thorough medical intervention to get cured.
Because of the physical inconvenience that allergies causes, it is obvious that children miss a lot of working days at school. A renowned allergy expert in London opines, but more importantly if the symptoms are left untreated, they can lead to severe health conditions like asthma.
This is where a skin allergy test becomes so relevant. Allergy testing is a tried and tested procedure to identify the source of the problem. Once the source gets identified, the treatment becomes easier.
There are more than one options to determine the source of an allergy in a patient, out of which, skin test is the least expensive one. However, the procedure involved in it may be very painful for little ones, as it involves nearly 100 tiny pricks of the needle penetrating their skin. The needles contain different allergens commonly found in the environment.
When an individual reacts positively to an allergen, the nearby skin becomes a little reddish and raised. According to experts, this procedure is one of the best ones to detect the source of allergies caused by air borne allergens like dust, pollens, dander and others. Prior to this test, make sure your child stops taking any allergy medicine for at least about a week. However, that may not be possible if your child shows severe symptoms. Moreover, patients – both young and old – are known to react to the injected allergens to some extent or the other.
Experts from Medical Express Clinic, renowned center for skin allergy test in London suggest parents to consider all these factors before taking their children and babies for skin allergy tests.
The other option to detect an allergy source is blood test. In this procedure, at the most a few vials of blood will be drawn out of your little one. This procedure, though involves blood extraction, is less painful as compared to the skin test and more viable for toddlers. Moreover, your child doesn’t need to stop his or her allergy medication to undergo this test. Unlike the skin test, this procedure involves no chance for your child getting contaminated with the allergens.
There is a flip side to this alternative; the test is quite expensive as compared to the skin test. There are some medical insurance’s that cover this test to make things lighter for your pocket.
Treatment for allergies is technically known as immuno therapy. A patient visits the doctor at routine intervals to get a shot in the arm. Considering the severiety of the problem, one may even need to have a shot inat each arm on every visit. This procedure may continue for a year or even more and both the young patient and his/her parents have to be totally committed and never to miss an appointment. Gradually, the dose of the antigen gets increased on every visit, while the gap between two consecutive visits extends to bi-weekly, monthly, bi-monthly in an orderly manner.
Children, who can’t bear the shots, are administered the antigen orally in the mouth. Precisely, droplets are administered at the base of the tongue and this treatment procedure is called sublingual therapy. Although one comes across a physician who provides sublingual treatment very rarely.
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