Pediatric allergy treatment in North Texas

Patients and families in Dallas, Texas, have access to allergy care at Medical City Children's Hospital. The board-certified pediatric allergists on the medical staff will work with your family to help improve your child's quality of life.

To find out more about allergy care at Medical City Children's Hospital, call our Ask a Nurse free, 24 hour nurse line.

Treatments for allergies and allergic reactions

Kids and allergies seem to go hand-in-hand. Children's allergies are a common chronic childhood disease, affecting nearly 50 million American children.

Allergists at Medical City Children's Hospital are board certified and use advanced technology to provide excellent care for your child.

We offer treatment for all common allergies and reactions to allergens. The most common ones patients come to us for include:

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Animals
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Dust mites
  • Egg allergy
  • Foods
  • Insect stings
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Latex
  • Milk allergy diet
  • Mold allergy
  • Peanut allergy
  • Poison ivy/poison oak
  • Pollen allergy
  • Shellfish allergy
  • Soy allergy
  • Tree nut allergy
  • Urticaria (hives)
  • Wheat allergy

Food allergy treatments

In addition to diagnosis and treatment for many conditions, parents have access to a breakthrough oral immunotherapy (OIT) that treats food allergies. This OIT takes several months, and by the end of it more than 80 percent of patients can eat foods they were previously allergic to without any reaction.

Allergy shots

Allergy shots are sometimes referred to as immunotherapy. They are an effective treatment for various allergies and potentially provide relief for asthma related to allergies as well. Allergy shots are particularly beneficial for children because they help reduce their chances of developing more intense allergies or asthma in adulthood.

After an initial test to see which allergies your child may have, personalized injections are created for each patient based on their results. The shots are made up of all-natural proteins from allergens, which allows the immune system to recognize these proteins and build tolerance.

The shots are injected under the skin (subdermally). Shots begin with a build-up phase, which gradually increases the dosage until the therapeutic amount is reached. Then, the therapeutic dose is administered regularly for three to five years while the immune system acclimates and shifts to recognizing the foreign body as a non-allergen.

Redness and swelling at the injection site may occur, and severe reactions, such as anaphylaxis, are rare; however, this is why patients should receive allergy shots from a licensed facility, where they can be observed for medical emergencies.

Allergies and asthma

Childhood asthma can't be cured, but, with careful management, you can prevent damage to their growing lungs and unnecessary visits to the pediatric ER.

Visit your primary care physician for an asthma exam if your child experiences:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Whistling or wheezing while exhaling
  • Constant intermittent coughing
  • Chest congestion
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Short, shallow breaths

Allergy treatment at Medical City Healthcare

Allergies are conditions where the immune system reacts negatively to a substance. Common allergens include pollen, pet dander and some medications, and treatments may include injections, allergy shots, medications and in extreme cases, emergency care.

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