Hay fever, rose fever, spring fever, seasonal allergies, allergic rhinitis if you want to get technical about it; whatever you want to call to them, spring allergies strike year after year. Each spring, as trees and plants bloom, millions of Americans start to sneeze and sniffle. Spring allergies aren’t limited to adults—there are 19.1 million children suffering from spring allergies in the U.S. alone. Despite the fact that allergies do not discriminate, and symptoms can appear at any age, many allergy-free parents do not consider the fact that their children may be suffering from spring allergies.
About Spring Allergies
Spring allergies are a type of seasonal allergy, an allergy that occurs during certain times of the year, usually when plants, grasses, trees, weeds, and molds release spores, pollens, and other particles into the air. The immune system of those who are allergic treats these particles as invaders, and fights against them. Allergy symptoms are a result of the immune system fighting off what it deems to be an attacker. Similarly, cold or flu symptoms are also the result of the immune system fighting off a (real) attacker.
Spring allergy symptoms can manifest themselves at any time and any age. Just because your child was never allergic before, does not mean that they aren’t now. Unfortunately, there is no cure to spring allergies. However, there is very effective treatment available, and many methods and techniques for avoiding allergens. In today’s age, living with allergies is no longer a burden or hindrance to one’s success.
Common Symptoms of Spring allergies
Allergy symptoms usually come on suddenly, and last as long as a child is exposed to a certain allergen. In the case of spring allergies, pollen and other particles are floating around in the air and, sticking to clothes, hair, and fur, often make their way indoors, making avoiding them impossible. This is why your child will continue to display allergy symptoms throughout the spring allergy season.
Symptoms of spring allergies will vary from child to child, but the most common symptoms are the following:
-Stuffy or runny nose
-Itchy, red, or watery eyes
You’ll notice that many of these symptoms resemble those caused by a cold. It can often be difficult for parents to distinguish between a cold and allergies. Many falsely assume their child is sick with a “bug” and treat she/he for such, thus delaying the correct treatment: allergy medication. Generally speaking, however, you can tell a cold apart from allergies by how long it lasts. A cold should last no longer than 10 days. Additionally, a cold may be accompanied by a fever, coughing, or headache.
Not Sure If Your Child Has Allergies? Call Capital Pediatric Group
If you aren’t sure if your child has allergies, it’s worth being proactive. Book an appointment with your Capital Pediatric Group doctor so that your doctor can check for symptoms. Your Capital Pediatric Group doctor will be able to tell you if he or she believes the culprit is allergies, and can recommend treatment.