When to Suspect an Allergy

When to Suspect an Allergy

How can you tell if your child’s symptoms are allergy related? Some patients are able to easily identify allergy symptoms, but for some patients their allergy symptoms are more subtle and can be difficult to pinpoint. This is particularly true for smaller children in which frequent colds can make it difficult to discern underlying allergy symptoms.

Here are some common findings that could lead you to suspect your child may have an allergy.

  • Repeated or chronic cold-like symptoms that last more than a week or two, or that develop at about the same time every year. These symptoms could include:
    • Runny nose
    • Nasal stuffiness
    • Sneezing
    • Throat clearing
    • Nose rubbing
    • Sniffling
    • Snorting
    • Sneezing
    • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itching or tingling sensations in the mouth and throat. Itchiness is not usually a complaint with a cold, but it is the hallmark of an allergy problem.
  • Coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and other respiratory symptoms.
  • Recurrent red, itchy, dry, sometime scaly rashes in the creases of the skin, wrists, and ankles also may indicate an allergy.

For more information on allergies please visit the following link: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/allergies-asthma/Pages/Seasonal-Allergies-in-Children.aspx

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