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The Kid's Doctor 3/26/13 Allergy Season

Kids Doctor: allergy season
March 26th, 2013

You may not have to worry about it so much just yet, but allergy season is technically already here.
Today pediatrician Sue Hubbard, The Kid's Doctor, shows us some allergy symptoms and how to treat them.

Cold temperatures continue to linger in some parts of the country, but the calendar says spring has sprung, ushering in spring allergy season.

Allergic Rhinitis is inflammation of the nasal passages typically caused by tree pollens and grasses that are blown in with March winds and April breezes.

The most common allergy symptoms include itchy noses, watery red eyes, sneezing, runny nose (which is usually clear), and post nasal drip causing an irritating cough.  These allergic symptoms are brought on by the release of histamines in the body which occurs after being exposed to allergens like tree pollens.

Children do not develop allergies until the age of 3 or 4.
If a parent has allergies, there is a 40-50% chance that their child may develop allergies, and if both parents are allergic, there is a 70-80% chance that their child will have allergies as well.

If your child has allergies, talk with your pediatrician and begin treating them with over the counter antihistamines such as Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra or Bendaryl. Nasal steroids are also helpful.

The beautiful spring air blows outdoor pollens into your home, so keep all the windows closed and turn on the air conditioner if necessary.  Check the pollen count in your area, and be prepared for warmer days and a few more sniffles.

I'm Dr. Sue with The Kid's Doctor, helping parents take charge.

For more of Dr. Sue's tips, head over to our website, yourerie.com.
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