Pediatric Allergist in Washington
Visit Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic today if your child is suffering from asthma related allergies. Our pediatric allergists specialize in treating allergies due to foods, medications, dust, pollen and other related conditions. Contact one of our 4 locations today.
When your child is suffering with the miserable symptoms caused by allergies, it can be difficult to know how to help. At Columbia Asthma & Allergy, we provide exceptional diagnosis and treatment for children with allergies. Whether your child is allergic to a specific medication, food, or environmental factor, we will pinpoint the source of their distress and work with you to create a comprehensive treatment plan that will help you keep them safe and healthy all year long.
When should I take my child to an allergist?
Not all allergies may be immediately recognizable in children. Often, a runny nose may instead be attributed to a cold. However, there are a few key things you can look for to determine whether it is time to bring your child to a pediatric allergist. It is important to remember that allergies do not cause a fever response, so if your child has a runny nose in conjunction with a fever, you can rule out allergies as the culprit. If their nose is runny and tends to be watery and without color, it could be allergies. Mucus produced when your child is sick tends to be thicker in consistency and yellow or green in color. Environmental allergies tend to happen at the turn of the seasons, so watching for a pattern can be helpful as well. Food or medication allergies can also cause congestion and runny nose, but will often result in diarrhea or nausea, stomach pain, hives or dermatitis, and even trouble breathing. If you notice that your child has a reaction when you feed them a certain food, it is definitely best to bring them in for allergy testing.
What will my child’s diagnosis and treatment look like?
Treatment protocols vary for each patient we treat at Columbia Asthma & Allergy. However, the diagnostic process is often very similar. The two most common methods used to diagnose a wide range of allergies include the skin prick test and the patch test. The skin prick test requires the introduction of specific allergens into the skin using a small needle. After a set period of time at your doctor’s office, they will check your child’s skin to see how it has reacted to each allergen. A patch test requires a longer commitment, as patches will generally be worn for anywhere from 2 days to 1 week. A patch test can help determine if specific allergens are the cause of your child’s skin rashes or dermatitis. We also offer spirometry tests for children who have compromised lung function that may be the result of asthma caused by allergies.
Once we have established which allergens are causing a reaction in your child’s body, we will work with you to determine the best course of action for their treatment. We offer several types of immunotherapy that can help your child build up immunity to specific allergens. For mild allergic reactions, over the counter medication may be sufficient in conjunction with continued check ins with your pediatric allergist to ensure your child’s condition does not worsen over time. We believe in working with parents to determine the correct treatment plan for their child because we understand how important their health and safety are to you.
If you live in Washington state and are looking for a pediatric allergist to help your child overcome their allergy symptoms, contact one of our 4 locations today. Columbia Asthma & Allergy is conveniently located in Fishers Landing, Longview, Salmon Creek, and Bellevue.