What is A Seasonal Allergy + Tips on Managing Them

Does your child get cold-like symptoms, a runny nose, sneezing, or coughing around the same time every year? If the answer is yes, then more than likely your child has seasonal allergies.

Seasonal allergies are allergy symptoms that happen during certain times of the year and occur when outdoor molds release their spores and trees, grasses and weeds release tiny pollen particles into the air to fertilize other plants. Seasonal allergies can develop at any age, even adulthood, or if you’re child has never had seasonal allergies before it is still a possibility. They typically develop around the same time every year and will last as long as a person is exposed to the allergen(pollen). The good news is they can be easy to identify and know how to treat because the symptoms recur every year.

Below are the most common symptoms to be on the lookout for:
* Sneezing
* Itchy nose/throat
* Nasal congestion
* Clear, runny nose
* Coughing
* Itchy, watery, and/or red eyes

Depending on the severity of your child’s seasonal allergies, the treatments can vary. Reducing exposure to the allergy is one big way to help.

Some simple ways to reduce exposure are:

* Close windows and doors in your home and car during pollen season.
* Use air conditioning if possible.
* Keep your child inside when the pollen or weed counts are high. This can be monitored by checking the pollen counts and Zyrtec has created an app just for that.
* Make sure your kids are washing their hands, taking regular baths, and changing their clothes after being outside for long periods of time.

There are medications that can help reduce your child’s seasonal allergies if they are more severe or just will not go away. These include decongestants, nasal sprays, and antihistamines.

We do encourage having a discussion with your child’s doctor prior to beginning any medicines.