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How to Manage Your Child’s Symptoms This Allergy Season

04 May How to Manage Your Child’s Symptoms This Allergy Season

By: Ann Giese, MD of Elm Street Pediatrics

Have you noticed a chorus of sneezing in your house?  Are there precious coveted tissues building up in your bathroom garbage can?  Has the thought crossed your mind, “How can my child possibly be sick—we haven’t gone anyplace or seen anyone for weeks?!”  If so, it is possible that that your child is showing signs of seasonal allergies.  Along with the green grass, warmer weather and tree buds, seasonal allergies have arrived in the Chicago area.

Especially in the time of a global pandemic, you might ask, “How do I know if my child has seasonal allergies or a cold?”  There are a few key differentiating factors.  First, seasonal allergies tend to be most pronounced in the nose and eyes and often involve an itchy feeling—resulting in sneezing and eye rubbing.  A cold or illness on the other hand is more likely to involve cough, fever, sore throat and headache.  There are also a couple of telltale allergic indicators that you can look for in your child.  Many children who suffer from seasonal allergies get dark circles under their eyes—in the medical field these are referred to as allergic shiners.  You can also look for a small line across the tip of the nose that results from frequent nose wiping.  It is also important to know that children who suffer from asthma and/or eczema are more likely to develop seasonal allergies.

By now, you are probably thinking, “Ok, so how do I help control my child’s seasonal allergy symptoms?”  The good news is that management of seasonal allergies is a perfect reason to arrange a virtual visit with your pediatrician.  There are plenty of treatments available that can be tailored for your child’s individual needs.  We look forward to “seeing” you and your child soon, in order to help you control those pesky seasonal allergies!

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