If your child comes down with a “cold” at the same time every year, it may not be just a cold.
As the weather changes and your little one gets the sniffles, you might think they are coming down with a regular cold. But when it comes to combating post-nasal drip during the spring season, your child might be suffering from seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergies can cause many eyes, ear, nose, and throat symptoms in children, and often times can be difficult to separate from other causes.
When to Suspect an Allergy
Some allergies are easy to identify by the pattern of symptoms that follow the exposure to the particular allergen. Your child might have seasonal allergies if they experience chronic cold-like symptoms that develop at the same time every year:
- Watery, Itchy, or Puffy Eyes
- Post-nasal Drip
- Nasal Congestion
- Nose Rubbing
- Sore Throat
What Might Be Triggering the Symptoms
Children who’ve never had seasonal allergies in the past can develop them at any age, mostly peaking during adolescent years, and can subside or disappear in adulthood.
Many things can trigger allergies, the most common being pollen, dust mites, mold, pet dander, and insect stings.
You may think you know what the problem is – your household cat or the dust bunnies in the broom closet – so you do your best to keep triggers at bay. But it also helps to keep notes on your child’s symptoms such as when they start, how long they last, and what causes them.
When to Seek Medical Attention
There are many ways to treat seasonal allergies, depending upon the severity of the symptoms. The best way to combat the onset of a flareup is to:
- Stay indoors when pollen counts are high
- Wash hands, shower, and change clothing after being outside
- Keep windows closed and use air conditioning if possible
- Start allergy treatment at least two weeks prior to the start of the season
If your child’s symptoms have become too difficult for you to manage, you may want to see a physician for guidance and treatment. At Synergy Immediate Care, we can provide your child with the treatment plan they need to get their seasonal allergy symptoms under control.
For more information about our treatment or other urgent care services we provide, please call us at 703-942-5331.