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Allergies

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Allergies

Virginia Pediatric Group
Allergies in Fairfax, VA, Great Falls, VA, Aldie, VA & Herndon, VA


More than six million American children are living with some form of allergies, which cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. An important part of allergy management and treatment is determining the cause of the allergic reaction. Virginia Pediatric Group can perform allergy testing and create a personalized treatment plan to offer symptom relief. Call the office nearest you in Fairfax, Herndon, Great Falls, or Aldie, Virginia, if you are concerned that your child has an allergy. Online booking is also available.

Allergies Q & A

What are the most common types of allergies in children?

Children may suffer from many different types of allergies, including food allergies, environmental allergies, skin allergies, latex allergies, and allergic reactions to bee stings. 

Some common environmental allergies in children include pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and mold. Food allergies in children often include reactions to peanuts, dairy products, and eggs. Skin reactions may occur after contact with soap, lotion, detergent, or other chemical-based products.

What are the symptoms of allergies in children?

Allergy symptoms can include:

  • Sneezing
  • Chronic cough
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Frequent skin rashes or hives
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Upset stomach

The exact symptoms that your child may experience depend on the type and severity of the allergy.

When should parents have children tested for allergies?

If a child has displayed allergic symptoms on a regular basis, your pediatrician may recommend allergy testing. This type of testing is especially important for children who are so affected by allergic symptoms that it's interfering with school, family time, or social time. Allergy testing is the only way to definitively determine what is causing a child's allergic symptoms.

How are allergies treated? 

Once your pediatrician has determined what is causing your child’s allergic reaction, they work with you to develop a plan to avoid symptoms.

Treatment for your child’s allergies may include:

  • Medications (daily, as needed, or rescue)
  • Allergen avoidance plans
  • Lifestyle or environmental changes
  • Allergy shots
  • Dietary restrictions

Your pediatrician at Virginia Pediatric Group continues to monitor your child closely for signs of new or worsening symptoms. As your child gets older, their symptoms may improve or disappear altogether. They may also worsen or continue into adulthood. 

Ongoing, quality pediatric care is vital to protect your child’s health when they have allergies. For expert allergy evaluation and treatment, call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online with Virginia Pediatric Group today.

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