Happy Spring!

Allergy Season Is Here!

Just as the cold and flu season is winding down, allergy season is beginning. As soon as trees get blossoms, seasonal allergy symptoms can begin.

Symptoms of seasonal allergies are similar to colds. You can have sneezing, a runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, mouth or throat itchiness, wheezing and coughing. Seasonal allergies may increase the incidence or severity of respiratory symptoms in children with asthma.

Allergy symptoms are pretty self-evident, but if the symptoms persist despite using allergy medications, your child should be checked by the doctor.

Allergies can be treated with over the counter medications. Oral antihistamines, nasal decongestants, nasal sprays, and eye drops can be used. If your child is experiencing allergy symptoms, call the doctor to get the correct dosing, and correct medications appropriate for your child’s age and symptoms.

To decrease the allergy symptoms, stay inside when pollen counts are high. Use a HEPA filter. Keep windows closed with the air conditioner running when possible. Keep your windows closed when driving in the car. Vacuum and dust frequently.