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Allergies services offered in Newport Beach and Tustin, CA


Allergies services offered in Newport Beach and Tustin, CA

Allergies can get in the way of your child’s normal routines, making it hard to enjoy everyday events. Help is available through the care of Romit Kar, MD, of Kar's Pediatrics in Newport Beach and Tustin, California. If you’re concerned about a child’s allergy symptoms or want to explore a new treatment path, booking a visit is as easy as a quick phone call or a few moments on the online scheduling page, so don’t delay.

Allergies Q &A

How do allergies develop?

Allergies are a powerful demonstration of your child’s immune function. They occur when your child’s body mistakenly identifies a substance as harmful and launches a strong defense. 

Researchers are unsure of the exact cause of allergies but believe a combination of genetic and environmental factors are to blame. While a one-time flare-up of symptoms is usually nothing to be concerned about, it's important to seek care when kids routinely react to certain substances. 

What are some common allergens that lead to childhood allergies?

A wide variety of things can trigger an allergic reaction. Called allergens, these are substances that are generally not harmful to children but create a strong response in those with allergies. 

Some common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Soy
  • Shellfish
  • Peanuts
  • Bleach
  • Car exhaust
  • Certain perfumes or scented products

As you can see, many things kids are exposed to regularly can lead to an allergic reaction. Symptoms might include red eyes, swelling, sneezing, skin rash, or nasal congestion. 

How are childhood allergies treated?

The first step is testing to determine which substances your child is allergic to. One way to reduce allergic reactions is finding ways to reduce exposure to specific allergens. Of course, some things are easier to avoid than others, so many kids will also need treatment. 

Medication can be an effective treatment option. Medications can come in the form of pills, nasal sprays, eyedrops, or liquids. 

Many kids respond well to immunotherapy, an approach that helps build up tolerance to a specific allergen by exposing kids to minute volumes of the substance over time. This is an especially good option for substances that cannot easily be avoided, like pollen or pet dander. 

Kids who have severe allergic reactions may need to carry emergency treatment in the form of an epinephrine pen. This device delivers a quick injection of epinephrine as soon as symptoms develop and can save a child’s life when used appropriately.  

If you’re ready to learn more about childhood allergies and treatment options, contact Kar’s Pediatrics online or by phone to schedule a visit. You’ll sit down with Dr. Kar and explore ways to help your child enjoy life without fearing allergic reactions.