Allergies are nasty for your kids to deal with, especially when it prevents them from playtime outside or enjoying the foods they love. You may have kids with physical signs that lead you to believe they have allergies. However, they could have asthma or a cold with similar symptoms rather than allergies, leaving you wondering how to treat your child.
A board-certified pediatrician can provide treatment in each of these cases and help your child deal with frustrating symptoms. Based on their symptoms, medical history, and allergy tests, a virtual pediatrician can diagnose your child’s condition, whether it is allergies or another condition. Then, they can strategize and prescribe the best treatment plan for your child, so they can stay healthy.
What are allergies and their symptoms?
Allergies are your child’s immune system reaction to substances it believes are invaders, such as dust, food, and grass. When they contact the allergen, they produce antibodies that seek to destroy it by fighting it off. However, this process causes your child to suffer from minor symptoms to significant conditions, such as anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can kill them.
Even though the substance that enters your child’s body is not harmful in itself, their tiny bodies will still respond with various adverse symptoms.
What causes allergies in my kids?
Unlike urgent care conditions with definite sources, allergies can come from multiple substances and locations. These include allergens that live inside your home or outside in the backyard where your kids play.
- Molds, dust mites, pests
- Pollens, grass, and trees
- Food, medicine
- Bee stings, feathers
- Natural rubber latex
How are allergies different from asthma and colds?
Your child can only get the correct allergy treatment if they are diagnosed with the right condition. However, it can be difficult to pinpoint whether they suffer from allergens when asthma and colds have similar symptoms and signs. Thankfully, there are key features that distinguish one from the other and help you figure out your child’s illness.
|Asthma||6 and Older||Year-Round||Early Fall/Winter||No||Yes||Likely|
|Cold||Any||2 Weeks or Less||winter||Yes||Yes||No|
How do Pediatric Allergists treat my kids through Telemedicine?
Once you schedule your child’s virtual urgent care appointment, a board-certified pediatrician will meet with you to assess their current symptoms. They will ask essential questions about your kid’s symptoms, such as the season, location, and duration, to rule out other potential conditions. The Telehealth pediatrician will have a copy of your child’s medical records and reference other illnesses they previously had.
If they believe your child has allergies, the virtual pediatrician will recommend one (or more) of three tests to discover what the allergen is. They will refer you to a specialist near you who can conduct the tests and report the findings to the pediatrician.
A popular allergy test where a doctor pricks the skin with the allergen to observe any physical reactions
A professional allergist will give your child a small oral or nasal dosage of the potential allergens to gauge their severity
Our Expert Pediatricians Treat Your Child’s Allergies
We can diagnose your kid’s specific allergens by working with our board-certified pediatricians. You can schedule your child for $0 visit costs to assess their condition and rule out asthma and colds. All you need is a camera device and internet access for your child to get better anywhere.