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Signs of Serious Allergic Reactions in Children

Any allergic reaction has the potential to be severe and life-threatening. This condition is known as anaphylaxis. If your child has allergies, work with his or her pediatrician to develop an emergency treatment plan. If your child suffers a severe allergic reaction, implement the treatment plan and call for emergency medical help. The ER pediatrician can administer medications and treatments to help your little one recover.

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Respiratory Symptoms

The respiratory symptoms that often occur with anaphylaxis can be among the most alarming; your child may feel panicked if he or she has trouble breathing, for example. Coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath are all common indicators of severe allergic reactions. Additionally, your child might sound hoarse or otherwise have changes in his or her voice. Pediatricians also caution parents to be on the lookout for stridor, which refers to harsh breathing that sounds high-pitched.

Cardiovascular Symptoms

Cardiovascular symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction, including an abrupt drop in blood pressure. The heartbeat may be abnormal and the child may complain of chest pain. Sometimes, the youngster may faint or say he or she feels faint.

Gastrointestinal Symptoms

Gastrointestinal distress is another potential sign of a severe allergic reaction. Your child may clutch his or her stomach if abdominal pain is present. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur.

Skin and Mucous Membrane Symptoms

Exposure to an allergen commonly causes a breakout of hives on the skin, which refer to raised, red welts that may be itchy. Your child’s face may take on a flushed appearance, and he or she may scratch at the lips and surrounding areas. You can also observe your child’s eyes for signs of anaphylaxis; the eyes can become teary, reddened, and swollen.

The Children’s Hospital at Palms West strives to provide a safe, comfortable place for children to receive medical treatments. If your child suffers a severe allergic reaction, the pediatricians at the dedicated pediatric ER of Palms West Hospital can help. Contact us at (561) 798-3300 if you have any questions.

What to Do If Your Child Is Having an Allergic Reaction

What to Do If Your Child Is Having an Allergic Reaction

Allergic reactions range in severity; they can cause symptoms as mild as a skin rash or as severe as anaphylactic shock. If your child suffers a severe allergic reaction, he or she might have trouble breathing. You should immediately administer an injection of epinephrine and call for emergency medical personnel. While waiting for emergency help, try to keep your child calm. Sometimes, an allergic reaction is followed by a secondary reaction, called a biphasic reaction. The doctors at the ER will monitor your child closely to ensure his or her recovery.

Once your child’s allergic reaction is resolved, meet with his or her pediatrician to review the allergy treatment plan. The pediatrician may adjust the treatment plan and review measures for avoiding your child’s allergen. For example, the doctor might recommend that you speak with the parents of your child’s friends to discuss ways of keeping him or her safe while he’s playing away from home.

Palms West Hospital features a dedicated pediatric ER for all of your child’s medical emergencies. In our child-friendly setting, your little one can receive prompt and effective care around the clock, seven days per week. Call The Children’s Hospital at Palms West at (561) 798-3300 or visit our website to learn more.

An Overview of Coronary Artery Disease

The coronary arteries are the large blood vessels that deliver blood to your heart. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is characterized by the hardening and narrowing of these blood vessels, which inhibits blood flow and deprives the heart of much-needed blood and oxygen. Although CAD can develop very gradually, complications from CAD may develop abruptly and require a trip to the ER. Keep reading to learn about the causes and symptoms of CAD and under which circumstances you should go to the ER.

An Overview of Coronary Artery Disease

Contributing Factors

CAD tends to develop when damage is inflicted on the coronary arteries, which encourages the accumulation of plaques—or fatty deposits—on the damaged areas. Damage can be caused by hypertension, high cholesterol levels, smoking, and diabetes. It may also be the result of radiation therapy directed at the chest area. Some other risk factors that may increase your risk of CAD include obesity, physical inactivity, chronic stress, and a family history of CAD.

Typical Symptoms

Initially, you may not notice any symptoms. As the plaques continue to accumulate in your blood vessels, you may experience shortness of breath, particularly during exercise. You may also feel chest pain, or angina, which typically resolves within a few minutes.

Possible Complications

Heart failure may develop if your heart muscle is deprived of oxygen and nutrients for a long period of time. It’s also possible to be diagnosed with abnormal heart beats as a result of CAD. If a plaque ruptures and a blood clot forms in the artery, the blockage of the artery can cause a heart attack.

Treatment Options

If you suffer a heart attack from CAD, the ER doctors can perform percutaneous coronary intervention procedures to restore blood flow to your heart. Additionally, there are a range of medications your doctor might prescribe to treat CAD, such as beta blockers or nitroglycerin. Healthy lifestyle changes are recommended, such as getting regular exercise and avoiding tobacco use.

Learn whether you could be at risk of coronary artery disease by scheduling a check-up today at Palms West Hospital. Should you suffer a heart attack or other medical emergency, our ER doctors are ready to restore your health with emergency percutaneous coronary intervention. Call us at (561) 798-3300 to schedule your appointment and learn more about our cardiac department. 

How Can Diabetes Affect Your Vision?

How Can Diabetes Affect Your Vision? - Palms West Hospital

Diabetes is a chronic disease that can lead to many different complications, including eye damage. This is called diabetic retinopathy. It occurs when the retina, which is the tissue located at the back of the eye, becomes damaged. The blood vessels in the tissue can leak, become swollen, or become closed off. It’s also possible for new blood vessels to develop abnormally. Diabetic retinopathy can cause progressively worsening vision loss, which isn’t always reversible.

Fortunately, diabetic retinopathy is preventable. Work with your doctor to develop a plan to manage your blood sugar levels. When your blood sugar levels are poorly controlled, you may have excessive levels of glucose for a sustained period of time. This excessive amount of glucose damages the blood vessels in your eyes.

At Palms West Hospital, we have physicians specializing in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. You can schedule an appointment by calling (561) 798-3300. We also invite you to visit our website for a complete list of our services, including orthopedics, mammograms, and other women’s care procedures.

Keep Your Feet Healthy Lunch & Learn - Nov. 19, 2013

In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, join us on November 19th from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. to hear Dr. Brett Fried, DPM, for a lunch and learn.

He will discuss:

  • When to visit a podiatrist
  • Diabetes management and your lower extremities
  • Wound care and treating nerve conditions

We will meet in Classroom 2, and lunch will be served. Reservations are required, so give us a call at (561) 345-7009 to reserve your spot. For more information about Palms West Hospital and our services, visit our website.

Diabetes Awareness Month - Palms West

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