Allergies in children are on the rise. If your child has been recently diagnosed with asthma, has constant nasal discharge or congestion, wheezing, itchy eyes or skin, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and/or cramping there may be a food or environmental exposure at play. Consistent year-round symptoms are caused by animal dander (like cat or dog), mold, pollen and dust. Cyclical symptoms of allergies occur seasonally each year. Seasonal patterns in British Columbia are:
- February to May: Tree Pollen
- May to July: Grass Pollen
- July to September: Weed Pollen
- August to October: Ragweed Pollen
With seasonal allergies, the symptoms resolve outside of the allergy season and the child feels best from November to January in the winter months. There may also be food allergies involved. In children with food allergies, 80% are allergic to milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat or corn.
Dr. Luterbach offers a diagnostic test for allergies called the scratch test. This involves a sample of the allergy lightly poked into the skin of the arm. If a small insect bite like bump appears, that is red and itchy - it indicates your child is allergic to that allergen. Testing is available without an initial consultation.
Once the allergen is determined we work with a pharmacy to create an individualized formula containing all allergens that your child is positive to - a customized allergy medicine. The medicine is in a dropper bottle, and the child will take 4 drops daily until the allergy symptoms are resolved! Resolution of allergies can occur as soon as 3 months after starting the allergy drops. Allergy drops are used in concert with effective natural remedies to support the immune system. Children respond much faster than adults to allergy drops.
Contact Dr. Luterbach to schedule a pediatric consultation at 250-755-1930.