Allergies Specialist

Pediatrics of Long Island

Pediatrics located in Brentwood, NY & Patchogue, NY

Allergies can develop at any age, but children may be more susceptible to developing them if allergies run in the family. At Pediatrics of Long Island in Brentwood and Patchogue, New York, experienced pediatric physicians Ramon Ferrand, MD, and Alaaeldin Moawad, MD, specialize in diagnosing and treating allergies. To schedule allergy testing for your child, contact the nearest office by phone or online today.

Allergies Q&A

What are allergies?

Allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to a specific substance, referred to as an allergen, it considers harmful to the body. You can develop allergies at any age. However, in children, genetics plays a significant role in the development of allergies. 

If you suspect your child may be suffering from allergies, contact Pediatrics of Long Island to schedule an evaluation. Getting an early diagnosis and treatment plan in place may help alleviate symptoms, reduce the number of missed school days, and improve your child’s overall quality of life. 

What are common types of allergies?

Children can develop allergies to any number of substances. Some of the most common types of allergies include:

  • Food like wheat, dairy, soy, peanuts, nuts, shellfish, and seafood
  • Pollen and grass
  • Dust
  • Pet dander
  • Bee stings
  • Medications
  • Latex

Though allergy reactions range from mild to severe, in some children allergies can lead to anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening condition that requires emergency medical care. 

Symptoms of anaphylaxis may include shortness of breath, shock, or loss of consciousness and can develop immediately after exposure to the allergen or up to two hours later. 

How are allergies diagnosed?

Dr. Ferrand and Dr. Moawad specialize in diagnosing and treating allergies in children and offer allergy testing at the office to identify the underlying cause of your child’s symptoms. Your child’s allergy testing may include:

Blood test

An allergy blood test measures the amount of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies in your child’s blood. IgE antibodies are the substances the immune system produces to “fight off” your child’s allergen. 

Skin test

During allergy skin testing, your child’s provider at Pediatrics of Long Island pricks small amounts of the suspected allergen on the surface of your child’s skin and closely monitors for a reaction. 

How are allergies treated?

Dr. Ferrand and Dr. Moawad develop individualized treatment plans for your child’s allergies based on the type of allergen responsible for your child’s reaction and the severity of your child’s symptoms. 

The primary method of treatment for allergies is to avoid the allergen. However, if your child has seasonal allergies, that may be difficult.

To manage symptoms, the pediatricians may prescribe antihistamines and a decongestant. For severe allergies, the team prescribes an epinephrine pen. 

Allergies can make your child miserable. For allergy testing, contact Pediatrics of Long Island by phone or online today.