Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies, which physicians call allergic rhinitis, affect up to 30% of Texas school children every year. It is estimated that allergies are responsible for school children missing 140,000 school days each year.

RECOGNIZING THE SYMPTOMS

Common symptoms of childhood allergies include:
  • watery,red eyes
  • nasal congestion
  • drowsiness
  • irritability
  • itching of eyes and nasal passages
  • sneezing
  • fatigue

What if allergy symptoms aren't treated?

  • short attention span
  • drowsiness
  • fatigue
  • distraction of sneezing and nose wiping
  • trouble hearing due to block ear tubes
  • headaches due to filled or blocked sinus cavities
  • trouble sleeping, which may lead to poor concentration

If your child has these symptoms, an allergist, pediatrician or family doctor should be consulted to evaluate and recommend treatment. Proper treatment can help the child feel better and those allergy symptoms won't interfere with school.

Treatment for Seasonal Allergies:

Doctors usually recommend:
  • that the child avoid whatever is triggering his/her allergy
  • non-sedating antihistamine (won't cause drowsiness
  • nasal spray