How a child might describe an allergic reaction?

“It feels like something’s poking my tongue.” “It [my tongue] feels like there is hair on it.” “My tongue feels full [or heavy or funny].” “There’s something stuck in my throat.”

How would you describe an allergic reaction?

You might get hives, itching, swelling, sneezing, and a runny nose. You might have it if you have itching, redness, and peeling or flaking. Medications: If you’re allergic to a certain drug, you may get a rash, facial swelling, or hives. You could find yourself wheezing.

How would you describe what happens in the body to cause an allergic reaction?

The Immune System

Your immune system overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction. This reaction usually causes symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach or on the skin.

What is an appropriate way to explain a food allergy?

First, explain that certain foods can make them very sick. Use simple terms such as “safe food” and “unsafe food.” Next, teach them the names of unsafe foods and what they commonly look like. Point out gallons of milk, cartons of eggs or bags of peanuts in the grocery store.

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What are the 4 types of allergic reactions?

Four different types of allergic reactions are immediate, cytotoxic, immune-complex mediated and delayed hypersensitivity reactions. Allergic reactions occur when the body’s immune system has a reaction to a substance it sees as harmful, called an allergen.

What does allergic skin reaction look like?

If you have red, bumpy, scaly, itchy or swollen skin, you may have a skin allergy. Urticaria (hives) are red, itchy, raised areas of the skin that can range in size and appear anywhere on your body. Angioedema is a swelling of the deeper layers of the skin that often occurs with hives.

What is a food allergy definition for kids?

A food allergy is an abnormal response of the body to a certain food. It is important to know that this is different than a food intolerance, which does not affect the immune system, although some of the same symptoms may be present.

How do I teach my child about allergies?

Help your child learn how to politely, but firmly, refuse to eat certain foods. Emphasise that he or she must always think about his or her allergies. Explain that there will always be people that don’t “get it,” so it’s up to your child to take responsibility for avoiding risky foods.

How do you explain seasonal allergies to a child?

Seasonal allergies are sometimes called “hay fever” or seasonal allergic rhinitis. These allergy symptoms happen during certain times of the year, usually when trees, grasses, and weeds release tiny pollen particles into the air to fertilize other plants.

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What is the most common allergic reaction?

The most common type of allergy is hay fever. People often experience it during the spring due to the pollen in the air. The seasonality of the reaction depends on the allergen. When pollen is the main culprit behind the allergic reaction, people experience seasonal rhinitis.

What is the most common cause of allergic reaction?

Many things can trigger allergies. The most common are pollen, dust mites, mold, animal dander, insect stings, latex, and certain food and medications.

How can you tell the difference between an allergic reaction and anaphylaxis?

Key points to remember

Allergic reactions are common in children. Most reactions are mild. A severe allergic reaction (i.e. anaphylaxis) involves a person’s breathing and/or circulation. Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of an allergic reaction and is life threatening.