An allergy is a reaction by your body’s immune system to something that should be harmless. Medications, pollens and certain foods can cause an allergic reaction. We test for allergies in children by pricking the skin with a needle or a blood test.
Our Allergy Program at South Texas Pediatric Lung Center is staffed by board-certified pediatric allergists and immunologists. We can diagnose, treat and educate families with children who have drug, environmental (indoor/outdoor allergies), or food allergies and/or anaphylaxis.
Environmental Allergies in Children
Environmental allergies are caused by a variety of things, such as pollen or mold. Mountain cedar, oak, dust and animal dander are common environmental allergies.
Treatments for Environmental Allergies:
- Nasal sprays –help reduce swelling
- Oral medication
- Allergy shots
Food and Drug Allergies in Children
Children with food allergies have an immune system that fights the specific food allergen because it thinks the food product is harmful. Peanuts, eggs and milk are common food allergens. Knowing common signs of food allergies in children is important so that a treatment plan can be made as soon as possible.
Common signs of food allergies/anaphylaxis in children:
- Redness/swelling of the face
- Stomach pain/diarrhea
- Difficulty breathing/wheezing
Diagnosis and Treatments for food allergies in children:
Bring a list of foods that cause a reaction in your child, as well as the type of reactions that occur, to your appointment. Our staff will give your child an allergy skin test and possibly an oral food challenge to determine what he/she is allergic to. There is no cure for food allergies except avoiding the foods that cause reactions in your child. We will prescribe an epinephrine auto-injector for you to carry in case your child ever has a severe allergic reaction. Our dietician will help you to develop a special diet for your child the help avoid known allergens.
Robert B. Green Campus
Clinical Pavilion, 6th Floor
903 W. Martin St.
San Antonio, TX 78207
Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone: (210) 358-KIDS (5437)