How to Recognize Seasonal Allergies in Children

Recognzing Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis in Children

Not only are children typically unable to verbalize how they feel, but their allergic rhinitis symptoms may often resemble those of other common diseases. Consequently, allergic rhinitis often remains undiagnosed or is inadequately treated, despite the fact that it is extremely common in children.

Signs and symptoms of allergic rhinitis in children

Use the table below to help you distinguish between the two.

If you are confused by your child's symptoms, or if the symptoms are prolonged, you should contact your healthcare professional for guidance.

ALLERGIC RHINITIS COMMON COLD
DURATION As long as exposed to the allergen Usually 5-7 days (25% last 14 days)
NASAL DISCHARGE Abundant, aqueous and clear Initially clear, changing to thick yellow or green
NASAL CONGESTION Occasional Common
COUGH No Mild to moderate; dry at first, changing to productive
SORE THROAT No Common; mild (dry, scratchy, sore)
FEVER No Rare
HEADACHES Yes Rare

Recognizing your child's allergy trigger(s)

The best way to cope with your child's allergy is to find out first which substance triggers a reaction. A visit to your doctor or allergy specialist can help determine your child's allergy triggers.

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