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Asthma & Allergies

Asthma & Allergies

Asthma & Allergies services offered in Missouri City, TX

If your child has a stuffy nose, watery eyes, or coughing, they may have allergies or asthma. At Sugar Land Pediatrics in Missouri City, Texas, board-certified pediatrician Senait Adebo MD, FAAP, offers highly effective treatments for allergies and asthma to reduce bothersome symptoms. Asthma is another condition that often occurs alongside allergies, but Dr. Adebo is an expert at identifying and treating both conditions. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about treatment options for allergies and asthma.

Asthma & Allergies Q&A

What are allergies and asthma?

Allergies refer to the body’s reaction when exposed to certain substances, such as mold, pollen, pet dander, and insect stings. Your child might also be allergic to some foods, latex, or certain medicines. Some allergic reactions are severe and even life-threatening, but treatment can diminish or eliminate worrisome symptoms associated with allergies.

Asthma often accompanies allergies. It’s a lung condition that narrows your airways, making it difficult to get a full breath of air — especially when you exercise. The substances that trigger your allergies may also cause you to have asthma. This is known as allergic asthma. 

What are the symptoms of allergies and asthma?

The most common symptoms of allergies include:

  • Sneezing
  • Watery, red eyes
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Swelling
  • Rash
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy skin
  • Swelling

The signs of asthma are similar to allergies, with common symptoms such as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Frequent coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing or whistling sound when exhaling

It’s important to seek treatment from Dr. Adebo at the first sign of troublesome symptoms of allergies or asthma.

While the cause of allergies and asthma isn’t known, a family history of allergies or asthma may increase your chance of developing these conditions. Children are also more likely to develop allergies than adults. 

How are allergies and asthma diagnosed?

Dr. Adebo can detect allergies, asthma, or both using various diagnostic tests. She reviews your child’s personal and family medical histories, symptoms, and current medication regimen, as well as their usual diet and exercise habits.

A blood test, skin prick test, or skin patch testing helps her determine which allergens your child may be allergic to. Simple breathing tests allow her to find out if your child has asthma. Dr. Adebo then develops a treatment to reduce their symptoms and the risk of complications.

How does my child’s pediatrician treat allergies or asthma?

At Sugar Land Pediatrics, Dr. Adebo offers a variety of treatments for allergies and asthma. She may prescribe medications to reduce your child’s symptoms. She also offers allergy shots, an inhaler for asthma, and emergency epinephrine to treat severe allergic reactions. 

Your child may need to avoid certain allergens, such as pets, some foods, latex, or certain medications. Dr. Adebo tailors each treatment to maximize your child’s quality of life.

To receive comprehensive treatment for allergies or asthma, call Sugar Land Pediatrics or schedule an appointment online today.