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Allergies FAQs

How can I tell if my child has allergies or a common cold?

    • Allergies and colds both cause symptoms of congestion, sneezing, runny nose, fatigue, headaches, and watery eyes. However, allergies cause symptoms that occur all at once, while colds often cause symptoms one at a time: first sneezing, then a runny nose, and then congestion. Colds or “upper respiratory infections” are caused by viruses and can often have fever as well. Cold symptoms typically last up to 10 days, while allergy symptoms persist as long as your child is exposed to the allergy-causing substance. Allergy symptoms may subside as soon as your child is no longer exposed to the allergen.

What types of plants produce the most allergy-causing pollen?

    • Pollen is one of the most common allergic reactions that both adults and children suffer from. Most of the pollen that causes allergic reactions comes from trees, grasses, and weeds which produce tiny, light, dry pollen grains that are distributed in the wind. Airborne pollen gets trapped inside the nasal and pharynx passages and triggers a type of seasonal allergic rhinitis called pollen allergy, otherwise known as hay fever.

What time of day is pollen count highest?

      • Keep your child indoors when the pollen count is at its highest levels which are between 5am and 10am. Limiting your child’s outside exposure during those times can be extremely helpful for minimizing allergy symptoms. Additionally, limit your child’s exposure on warm, dry mornings as these are generally the high pollen count days. If your child suffers from seasonal allergies, make sure your child changes their clothing and showers or bathes if they have been outside for a prolonged period of time.
        Visit www.pollen.com and check out the Allergy Forecast for a daily pollen count in your area.

What are the most common food allergens to test for?

    • According to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, milk, shellfish, soy, and wheat make up 90% of all food allergies. If you suspect your child  has a potential food allergy, then avoid giving them that food and discuss with your doctor.