Staying Ahead of Springtime Allergies
Springtime brings with it many things: from fun outdoor activities and games to cookouts and walks in the park. Unfortunately, spring can also mean dealing with allergies. For many kids, the first experience with springtime allergies happens between the ages of 2 and 5. These allergies can be associated with such triggers as weed pollen, mold spores, pet dander, or dust mites, among other allergens.
Some of the symptoms may seem like other types of illnesses. While a family history can play a role, it is not always an indicator that your child will develop allergies. We’ve gathered a list of some of the signs/symptoms and precautions for springtime allergies that you can be on-guard for.
Signs & Symptoms
1) Congestion. Congestion is usually associated with colds, but if the problem lasts more than 2 or 3 days there’s a good chance that the stuffy or runny nose situation is related to an allergy.
2) Fever-free. Unlike flus and other ‘bugs’, allergies do not result in a fever or body aches.
3) Watery eyes. Allergies can cause the eyes to become watery and/or itchy.
4) Ear troubles. Unfortunately, in some instances, allergies can result in ear infections.
5) Rash. Allergies can lead to a skin rash, which may develop on the back, chest, or practically any area of the body.
6) High pollen count = increased symptoms. When the pollen count goes up the chances for allergy symptoms is increased. If possible, keep your child indoors when the pollen count is elevated.
There are plenty of over-the-counter allergy medications available, but it is always best to seek the advice of a healthcare professional. Your doctor can determine if in fact, the symptoms are related to an allergy and he (or she) can make suggestions about the type of medications best-suited for your child’s particular needs. In some cases a prescription medication or allergy shots may be needed.
Minimizing the Problem
Preventing the spread of pollen, dander, etc. can be a helpful way to decrease the resulting problems. Adding a high-efficiency furnace filter and a HEPA filter to your vacuum can help prevent the circulation of allergens throughout your home.
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