Allergy to insect bites manifests itself in various ways, such as an abnormally large edema at the level of the bite or difficulty breathing.
In children, summer allergies can manifest through a variety of symptoms, including skin, respiratory, eye, and even digestive symptoms. Prevention and rapid treatment in the event of the appearance of the first symptoms allow the allergic child to live her life like all children her age.
Summer is the favorite season for children since all the activities that bring them joy are allowed: cooling off in the pool, walking in the woods, eating outdoors…etc. It is also the season when allergies appear, especially in children. “Allergies are not a prerogative of the winter period since they can also appear in summer with annoying symptoms, in this case in children,” confirms Dr. Laila Tami, a specialist in pediatrics and pediatric dermatology. And she adds that allergies can manifest themselves through different symptoms, among others, skin, eye, respiratory or even digestive. Asked about the main summer allergies, the specialist cites some examples:
- Allergic rhinitis or pollen allergy: also called hay fever, this allergy occurs in spring but also in early summer. Like wheat or corn, grass pollen weighs down the air, which can cause more or less severe allergic reactions in some people. This allergy is manifested by a runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy red eyes, and sneezing in the throat.
- Sun allergy: As its name suggests, it is a totally natural reaction that disappears spontaneously after a few hours or a few days, depending on the case. It manifests itself, among other things, by pimples in the form of plaques that form after exposure to the sun. Very often it is accompanied by unbearable itching and by dint of scratching the skin, the child is at risk of developing other lesions.
- Chlorine allergy: This is one of the most common allergic reactions in children in summer. It is not a true allergy but a strong reaction to an irritant that is chlorine. It most commonly occurs after swimming in a chlorinated pool. Consultation with a doctor is necessary if the discomfort caused by the allergy is too great.
- Allergy to insect bites: It manifests itself in various ways such as an abnormally large edema at the level of the bite or difficulty breathing. The child may also develop anaphylactic shock, which is a severe allergic reaction that can cause death. Management depends on the insect that has bitten but also on the related symptoms.
Additionally, Dr. Tami would like to point out that in the case of summer allergies, care allows the allergic child to live like all children their age. The specialist also believes that prevention is still the best way to deal with it.