Allergies

Stephen A. Schulman, MD -  - Pediatrician

Stephen A. Schulman, MD

Pediatrician located in Denton, TX

Watching your child suffer from symptoms of chronic allergies can be frustrating and even frightening. At his Denton, Texas, pediatric practice, Stephen A. Schulman, MD, offers in-office diagnostics and custom treatment plans for childhood allergies and asthma. As a board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Schulman focuses on the long-term management of allergies and asthma to protect your child’s health. Find out more about available treatments for allergies and asthma by calling the office or requesting a diagnostic consultation online today.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are your body’s overreaction to substances not usually harmful to others. When your child makes contact with certain allergens, their body responds by producing antibodies as part of its natural defense against a threat.

These antibodies trigger physical reactions, like a runny nose and itchy eyes, which can range from mild to severe enough to interfere with a high quality of life.

Many children suffer from seasonal allergies caused by increased pollen levels in the air, especially during the spring and fall. Other common causes of allergies include:

  • Dust
  • Molds
  • Pet dander
  • Insect stings
  • Certain medications

Your child may also develop allergic reactions to foods, especially nuts, dairy, and seafood.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Children can develop a variety of symptoms after making contact with an allergen. Common symptoms of an allergy include:

  • Runny nose
  • Skin rashes
  • Persistent cough
  • Itchy, watery eyes

Some children may also develop asthma, a condition that causes inflammation in their airways, making it difficult to breathe when they come into contact with an allergen.

Food allergies may cause digestive issues like nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Food and other allergens can also result in a serious, potentially life-threatening condition known as anaphylaxis.

What is anaphylaxis?

In some children, allergens can trigger anaphylaxis, a severe condition that causes sudden breathing difficulties, shock, and loss of consciousness. If not treated immediately, anaphylaxis can lead to long-term health complications, even death. This usually involves the use of injectable epinephrine, a medication that reduces airway inflammation.

Following an anaphylaxis reaction, your child needs immediate medical attention at the local hospital, as a second reaction can occur in the hours after the first.

What treatments are available for allergies?

To determine which substances trigger allergic reactions, Dr. Schulman offers referrals for blood tests. Once he understands the cause of your child’s allergies and asthma, Dr. Schulman creates a treatment plan that may include over-the-counter or prescription medications. He can also work with you and your child to avoid contact with common allergens.

Treating asthma may also involve medications to reduce inflammation and improve breathing. Many children may need an inhaled medication to treat sudden asthma attacks.

Should your child have food allergies, Dr. Schulman works with you to create a safe diet plan that eliminates allergens. He also provides resources to ensure your child avoids contact with allergens at home, school, and in social situations.

If you suspect your child has allergies, schedule a consultation with Dr. Schulman online or by calling the office directly today.