Bernal Pediatric Clinic
Jaime E. Bernal, MD
Pediatrics located in McAllen, TX
Watching your child struggle with the side effects of allergies is difficult. Whether they have a chronically runny nose or a more serious symptom of an allergy, Jaime E. Bernal, MD, can help. At Bernal Pediatric Clinic in McAllen, Texas, Dr. Bernal can accurately diagnose allergies and design a treatment plan to quickly alleviate allergy-related symptoms. Whether your child has seasonal hay fever or a life-threatening allergy to foods, Dr. Bernal offers customized solutions. Learn more about allergy treatments by calling the office or booking a consultation online today.
What are allergies?
Allergies are the body’s overreaction to substances usually not considered harmful. Many children develop allergies at a young age and successfully outgrow them as they get older.
However, for some children, allergies can last a lifetime. With proper treatment, Dr. Bernal can help your child manage their allergies effectively to reduce symptoms and promote good health.
What are common causes of allergies?
There are many things in your child’s daily environment that can trigger allergy symptoms. Some of the most common causes of childhood allergies include:
- Insect bites
- Pet dander
- Cigarette smoke
Certain foods, especially nuts and dairy products, can also cause a mild to severe allergic reaction.
What are the symptoms of allergies?
Depending on the type of allergy your child has, they may experience a wide range of symptoms.
If pollen or dust triggers a reaction, your child may experience:
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Hives or other skin rashes
For children with existing asthma, contact with an allergen can cause an asthma attack.
In some children, certain allergens can trigger a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis occurs when the pathways that air travels from the mouth to the lungs become inflamed, making it difficult for your child to catch their breath.
With this type of severe allergy, Dr. Bernal offers both emergency treatment of the allergic reaction and a preventive care plan to ensure your child avoids dangerous allergy triggers.
What treatments are available for allergies?
If your child suffers symptoms like a runny nose or sneezing, Dr. Bernal may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications, like antihistamines, to alleviate symptoms.
Skin allergies may require the use of topical or oral medication to stop itching and prevent the risk of infection.
If your child has food allergies, Dr. Bernal can recommend dietary changes that help them avoid eating certain foods.
In situations where anaphylaxis is a concern, Dr. Bernal may suggest carrying an injectable medication to quickly reduce inflammation and help your child breath effectively. Children with existing asthma may need to use an inhaler device to deliver medications to make breathing easier.
If your child suffers from symptoms of seasonal or persistent allergies, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bernal to learn more about available allergy solutions. You can book an appointment online or by phone today.