The main reason an allergy test is important is determining the cause of a child’s symptoms. If a child has irritated or inflamed nostrils (a condition called allergic rhinitis), rashes, or has had a severe reaction to food, medication, or an insect sting, you should schedule an appointment you’re your child’s doctor to get an allergy test.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, 40 million to 60 million Americans have allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever. Detecting this allergy in your child early will allow proper treatment of its symptoms for a better quality of life going forward.
If your child is experiencing nasal irritation or excessive sneezing on a regular basis, it is important to determine the cause of the reaction. Some children may be unable to completely express what symptoms they are experiencing, and may act out or display a change in mood because of the allergic discomfort. Restlessness and inconsistent sleep may also be signs of allergy problems. Allergy sensitivity testing will allow the allergist to determine if your child has a chronic allergy and if so, how to properly deal with it. Allergy testing is especially important for children who have asthma, as allergic reactions can cause greater complications with that condition.
An allergy test will determine which specific allergens are causing your child’s reactions and symptoms. It’s important to know whether your child is reacting to pet dander, pollen, mold, or certain other environmental substances so that your child’s doctor can recommend the right preventative action or prescribe appropriate medication.
With some children, allergy problems can be solved by identifying the environmental triggers and taking measures to avoid them during the seasons when the allergens are highest. However, many people with chronic allergies are also able to live perfectly normal lives without severe reactions by getting an allergy shot. Having your child tested for allergies will let you if such preventative treatment is necessary. Detecting the cause of your child’s allergy issues early will allow you to seek proper treatment so your child won’t have to avoid interacting with pets or the outdoor activities they love!
For more information, contact Arkansas Otolaryngology Center at our Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Benton locations. ARAOC is your destination for Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergies in Central Arkansas!