Can I Schedule an Urgent Care Visit for my Child’s Allergic Reaction?
Allergic reactions are perhaps one of the most common ailments in children, especially those under five. An allergic reaction is a natural response of the body when the immune system treats unfamiliar substances or allergens as a threat, very much like how it responds when triggered by bacteria and viruses. If you suspect your child may be experiencing a minor to a moderate allergic reaction, schedule an appointment at either of the Health Services of North Texas (HSNT) pediatric urgent care centers in Plano or Wylie, TX to get the quality care and attention your child needs.
Signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction
When the body responds to an allergen, the resulting allergic reaction could affect different body parts within minutes or hours. Your child may have one or more of these signs and symptoms that could persist or worsen:
Eyes: Watery eyes, redness, swelling, itching
Nose: Stuffy or runny nose, sneezing
Skin: Rash, hives, redness, swelling, itching
Mouth: Swelling and itching of lips or tongue (or both), drooling
Throat: Itching, tightness, hoarseness, swelling or closure
Lungs: Coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing
Abdomen: Tummy ache, cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
What are common allergens?
An allergen is anything in the environment that triggers the body’s immune system, normally considered harmless. Common ones include dust, pollen, mold, pet hair and dander, insect bites and stings, soaps and detergents, medications, and food. Young children are especially at risk because their immune systems are still developing, and they are frequently exposed to new things. In addition, some allergies can be hereditary and may not be prevented but can be managed with help from one of our caring pediatric practitioners at any of our medical clinics serving Denton, Plano, or Wylie.
What is an allergic anaphylactic reaction?
While most cases are mild, it could be life-changing to be aware of more dangerous signs and symptoms. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction requiring immediate evaluation and treatment by a health professional. Common signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis are usually a combination of the following: fast or irregular heartbeat, passing out, blue lips, blue or pale skin, severe swelling of the face and eyes, swelling of the tongue or throat, wheezing, and trouble breathing. If an infant or a small child who cannot speak have severe drooling, refuses to nurse, eat or drink suddenly, or has any sudden or unusual expression or behavior changes, call 911 right away or take your child to the nearest emergency room if you see any warning signs and symptoms of an anaphylactic allergic reaction, as this can be life-threatening.
Visit our pediatric centers for urgent care to get the proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment for your child’s allergy symptoms.
If your child shows any signs of an allergic reaction, it is best to seek medical attention. Our team of pediatric practitioners at HSNT’s pediatric medical clinics in Plano, Denton, and Wylie is specially trained to diagnose and treat uncomplicated allergic reactions. They can help determine if the complaints are caused by an allergic reaction or other conditions. HSNT’s pediatric urgent care facilities strive to provide care tailored to your child’s developmental needs, keeping them comfortable and engaged as much as possible. Call HSNT’s medical facility, most conveniently located near you if you reside in Denton or Collin County in North Texas, to accommodate you during office hours.