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Despite the April cold temperatures, it is technically spring! We soon get to enjoy warmer weather, which unfortunately also brings spring allergies. 1 in 5 Americans have allergies, and the most common is hay fever, also known as seasonal allergies. After being cooped up for most of the winter, children cannot wait to get outside, where they are exposed to environmental allergens such as pollen, trees, grass, and mold. The most common signs and symptoms of seasonal allergies are similar to the common cold:

  • Itchy, watery, red, puffy eyes
  • Nasal congestion, sneezing, sniffling, runny nose, itchy nose
  • Post nasal drip
  • Clearing the throat
  • Itchy ears
  • Coughing

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, allergies and asthma are the most chronic diseases among children in the United States. If your child has both asthma and seasonal allergies, spring may be a trigger season for them. You may see your child coughing more and/or using their rescue inhaler more frequently.   For asthmatics, by keeping their allergies well controlled; they in turn help prevent their asthma from flaring. Unfortunately, neither asthma nor seasonal allergies have a cure, but both are treatable and can be well managed with over the counter and/or prescription medication. Here are some other ways to help control allergies:

  • Keeping windows closed at home and in the car to keep allergens from settling inside
  • Staying outdoors for short periods of time when the pollen count is high
  • After spending time outside, washing your hands, arms, face; and changing clothes
  • Taking a shower or bath before bedtime

If you suspect your child is experiencing seasonal allergies, please call our office to discuss their symptoms and possible treatments so they could enjoy the spring weather!