Many parents wonder if their child’s symptoms are from allergy. Some allergy diagnoses are straightforward. If your child is repeatedly exposed to a cat and every time develops the same symptoms of hives, itchy eyes and nose, and a cough – the association of allergy is fairly clear. Many other allergy symptoms and associations are more subtle and challenging to diagnose.
Allergies can contribute to a variety of ailments from the nuisance of an itchy, runny nose with seasonal allergies to the potentially life threatening diseases of asthma and anaphylaxis with peanut exposure. The pediatricians at Canyon View Pediatrics spent many months learning the biology, pathophysiology, diagnostic methods and treatment of allergy disease. We worked with some of the best allergists, pulmonologists and other subspecialists to become more proficient at caring for your child’s allergies.
Many symptom presentations include allergy as part of the list of possible diagnosis. It is helpful to see a child and adolescent specialist, such as the pediatricians at Canyon View Pediatrics, who understand the entire child and can see the big picture as they come to a conclusion and resolution about your child’s problems. For example, many children suffer from fatigue. The possible causes for fatigue are legion. Could the child have anemia, low thyroid, mononucleosis, depression, asthma, or sleep deprivation from a chronic cat allergy causing upper airway obstruction? Our pediatricians are uniquely trained to sort through all of the possibilities on the diagnostic list.
Most allergy diagnosis is straightforward after a thorough history-taking and proper testing. Treatment is effective with avoidance and the proper use of medication. Canyon View pediatricians are fortunate to have on-site testing available for allergies with Dr. Dave Beckstead, who performs skin testing and utilizes our state of the art laboratory services for blood testing. This readily available testing saves you time and helps us make an allergy diagnosis quickly to keep you from worrying about the cause of your child’s symptoms.
Some allergy diseases are more complicated or more dangerous and should be managed by an allergy subspecialist. In particular, life threatening anaphylaxis with breathing and circulation compromise should be evaluated by an allergist. Although most allergy diagnoses are common and readily apparent, some are more rare, deceptive, and subtle. For testing of unusual or rare allergy problems we may refer you to a trusted allergy subspecialist. In this case, it is generally better and more cost effective to have a pediatric evaluation first to sort out the many other possibilities or concurrent diagnosis before honing in on allergy. Often we can save you time and money by identifying the simple things that will make your child’s life better.