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HG Pediatrics

Homero Garza, MD

Pediatrician located in Houston, TX

Allergies may have a significant impact on your child’s overall health and may place them at higher risk for conditions like asthma or bronchitis. Homero Garza, MD, and the team at HG Pediatrics offer expert allergy care for children in Houston, Texas. If your child has seasonal, food, or other allergies, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

An allergy is an overreaction by the immune system in response to a specific trigger. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, allergies are one of the most common chronic health conditions worldwide. 

Allergic reactions can range from mild to life-threatening. Your child’s symptoms may be as simple as a runny nose or itchy eyes or cause pediatric asthma or anaphylactic response. If your child has allergies, they may outgrow them over time, or their reactions may get more severe as they get older. 

Some allergic responses may not be obvious and could go undiagnosed if not identified as part of regular, quality pediatric care. The team at HG Pediatrics assesses your child for signs of allergic reactions as part of their newborn care, adolescent care, well-child visits, and school or sports physicals

What are the symptoms of allergies? 

There are many possible symptoms of allergic reactions. Common signs your child may have an allergy to a trigger include: 

  • Runny or itchy nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Postnasal drainage
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Persistent ear problems 
  • Itchy, red, or irritated skin
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Cough or persistent congestion
  • Asthma or breathing problems

Your child’s allergic reactions and their triggers are unique to them. An essential part of allergy care is identifying what causes their reactions and preventing exposure as much as possible. 

What are the common triggers of allergic reactions?

There are many different possible triggers for your child’s allergies, including:

  • Food, including nuts, dairy or seafood
  • Dust 
  • Pet dander and hair
  • Medications, including antibiotics
  • Pollen and plants
  • Soap or other hygiene products 
  • Some fabrics 
  • Insects, including bees

To determine what is causing your child’s allergic reactions, the team at HG Pediatrics offers comprehensive allergy testing, which includes allergy and trigger evaluation, skin testing, and laboratory testing. 

How are allergies treated?

Treatment plans from HG Pediatrics may consist of:

  • Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots)
  • Medications
  • Trigger avoidance
  • Ongoing monitoring
  • Dietary restrictions

When your child has allergies, it can be frightening and overwhelming. The team at HG Pediatrics is committed to making the most effective plan possible to protect their health and help them live the fullest life possible, even with allergies. They are with you every step of the way. 

If your child has signs of an allergy, call or schedule an appointment online with HG Pediatrics today.