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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.
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|
|COUGH||No||Mild to moderate; dry at first, changing to productive|
|SORE THROAT||No||Common; mild (dry, scratchy, sore)|
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.