Posts made in June 2017

When is Blood Testing for Allergies Necessary?

children eating school lunchesYou’ve probably seen the stories on the news – more and more schools are banning peanut products for fear of triggering allergic reactions in the students. Food allergies are more common today than they ever were. As a parent, you may be planning on taking your child to get skin or blood tested for food allergies as soon as possible, but that might not be wise – yet. When it comes to testing for allergies, there is an appropriate time to do it.

Confirming Your Suspicions

If you have suspicions that your child may be experiencing a food allergy, think carefully about what your child has been eating, and identify common allergens like wheat, nuts, eggs, dairy, and soybeans.

If your child is experiencing hives or itching, tingling in the mouth, digestive problems, or swelling – particularly in the lips, mouth, or face, this could be a sign that they are experiencing a food allergy. If that is the case, you definitely want to bring them to our Asthma, Allergy, & Sinus Center for a blood test for allergies in Hunterdon County, NJ. This will allow us to test for specific allergies and confirm what you already expect.

The Problem with Early Allergy Testing

When you get a general allergy test, whether through skin testing or blood testing, you can end up with a lot of false positives. These allergy tests are non-specific, so you may test positive for foods you are not actually allergic to.

The problem with this is that you could wind up severely limiting your child without needing to. This could even lead to nutritional deficiencies, depending on what they test positive for. Very serious, life-threatening allergies are not quite as common as modern parents are led to believe.

If you do think that you child is exhibiting the symptoms of an allergic reaction, contact our allergy specialists today to make an appointment.

The Most Common Food Allergies to Look Out for In Children

With food allergies becoming more and more common in children, many parents are becoming concerned about potential allergens in their children’s food. You can’t just force your child to avoid common allergies out of fear, because that can unnecessarily complicate your child’s life and cause some anxiety for them. But what you can do is monitor your child when they eat particular foods to determine if they are actually allergic. Here are some common allergies for children that you can look out for:

Dairy – Symptoms of a milk allergy include hives, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, an itchy skin rash around the mouth, or a runny nose.

Eggs – If you child is allergic to eggs, they will most likely develop skin inflammation or hives. Some less common symptoms include nasal congestion, cramps, nausea, and vomiting, or asthma-like symptoms. A more sever egg allergy could result in anaphylaxis, where the child will be unable to breathe.

Peanuts & Tree Nuts – This is the allergy that most parents are concerned with, as it can be potentially life-threatening. In addition to anaphylaxis (which is not very common), you should also look out for itchy skin and hives, nausea, itching or tingling in the mouth or throat, and a runny nose.

Soybeans – An allergy to soybeans can present itself with hives and itching, tingling in the mouth, swelling in face, lips, tongue, or throat, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, or skin redness.

Wheat – Wheat allergies, or intolerance to gluten, can cause digestive issues (particularly constipation in children), keratosis pilaris (small red dots on the back of the arms), and fatigue after eating a meal, or mood issues.

If you are concerned that your child has one of the above allergies, visit our Allergy, Asthma, & Sinus center for food allergy testing in Somerset County, NJ.