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Allergy Identification

Wellness Tip For Spring

Spring Allergies

Some allergies are easy to identify by the pattern of symptoms

that follows exposure to a particular substance. But others are

more subtle, and may present as other conditions. Here are a

few common clues that can lead you to suspect your child has

an allergy.


Repeated or chronic cold-like symptoms that last more than a

week or two, or that develop at about the same time every

year. These could include:

-Runny nose

-Nasal stuffiness




-Itchy, runny eyes


More serious symptoms may include itching or tingling in the

mouth and throat. Itchiness is not usually a complaint with a

cold, but it is a hallmark for an allergy problem.


Coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing or recurrent red,

itchy, dry, sometimes scaly rashes in the creases of the skin,

wrists, and ankles also may indicate an allergy (Often Eczema).


Work with your child’s pediatrician to determine your child’s

allergy and/or asthma treatment. If needed, your pediatrician

may refer you to a pediatric allergy specialist for evaluation.

Although there are many over-the–counter antihistamines,

decongestants, and nasal sprays, make sure that your child’s

allergy and asthma are correctly diagnosed and symptoms are

properly treated.