If you are like most people, you are more concerned with how to make the allergies go away. If you refer back to the first part of this series (needs link here), you will notice that the initial step in an allergic reaction is coming in contact with the thing you are allergic to. This thing is called an allergen. Allergens are generally very small particles. They may be certain pollens, molds, and animal dander just to name a few. Since coming in contact with the allergen is the first step in the process, it makes sense that the most effective way to not have allergy symptoms is to not come in contact with the allergen.
How do you figure out what your child is allergic to? Which allergen should he avoid?
Most of the time, careful observation of when your child has allergic symptoms will clue you in to what could be causing the allergy. By doing some detective work such as keeping a diary of when and where the allergy symptoms occur, you or your doctor may be able to figure out the particular allergens that are bothersome to your child. Here are some helpful hints:
- Do your child's allergies occur at particular times of the year or all the time?
- Are they worse indoors or outdoors?
- Do you, your neighbors, your relatives, or friends have any pets? Do the symptoms seem to be worse when around the pet or even just when visiting the house of the pet owner?
- If your child seems to have allergy symptoms almost constantly, are they worse at certain times or in certain places?