-- Robert Preidt
SATURDAY, May 12 (HealthDay News) -- It can be difficult during
the spring months for parents to determine whether their children
have a cold or seasonal allergies, but an expert outlines how to
tell the difference.
"Runny, stuffy or itchy noses; sneezing; coughing; fatigue; and headaches can all be symptoms of both allergies and colds, but when parents pay close attention to minor details they will be able to tell the difference," Dr. Michelle Lierl, a pediatric allergist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release.
"Children who have spring or fall allergies have much more itching of their noses; they often have fits of sneezing and usually rub their noses in an upward motion," she explained. "They also complain about an itchy, scratchy throat or itchy eyes, whereas with a cold, they don't."
When people have allergies, their nasal discharge is usually
clear and has the consistency of watery mucus, while those with
colds typically have yellowish mucus discharge, Lierl said.
She recommended that children with seasonal allergy symptoms be
tested for environmental allergens -- such as pollen -- that are
present during seasons when they have symptoms, but not tested for
food allergies or allergens present during seasons when children
don't have symptoms.
If your child has seasonal allergies, Lierl suggested many
things you can do to control symptoms:
The American Academy of Pediatrics has more about
seasonal allergies in children.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Copyright © EBSCO Publishing. All rights reserved.