Just when you thought flu season was behind us–welcome allergy season! Blah.
The coughing (Seriously. The coughing. All. Night. Long!), the runny nose and itchy watery eyes. Momma is tired and so our are kiddos! If you’re like us, you are constantly wondering–is my child suffering from seasonal allergies or is something else going on that I am missing? Should I take them in to see a doctor–or am I just being overprotective?
Thankfully, we we are not alone in this annual battle with seasonal allergies. Our mom-lovin’ sponsors at Mercy Kids took the time to share a few tips with us.
Note from Kelli and Mindi: Thank you Dr. Laura E. Waters for helping us out! Between wiping noses and running to the pharmacy for medicine, dealing with seasonal allergies is not our idea of fun! We appreciation you taking the time to help us navigate this dreaded result of spring!
What are the symptoms for seasonal allergies? Are allergy symptoms the same for children and adults?
Yes. Allergy symptoms in children are the same symptoms that we deal with as adults. Symptoms include:
- itchy watery eyes
- itchy throat
- runny nose (should be clear. If colored, there is a viral infection or bacterial infection present.)
We are never sure if seasonal allergies warrant a trip to see our doctor. Do you recommend seeing a professional to help deal with allergy symptoms?
It is always a good idea to see your physician if you have symptoms that last longer than 7-10 days, you begin running a fever, or your runny nose becomes colored.
Spring allergies are something our family deals with year-after-year! Should we consider seeing a specialist and going through allergy testing?
Many patients do find answers from undergoing allergy testing. If you are interested in allergy testing, your first step is to visit with your doctor. Often times, allergy testing can be done in the doctor’s office, however, if we feel it is a more severe case, we can refer you to an allergist.
If your allergies are severe or there is a need for testing I would proceed with testing, but often I don’t because if I can treat your symptoms, well, there’s no need to put kids through the testing.
Allergy testing is done by either skin or blood testing. Your doctor will determine which method will be the best fit for you or your child and provide you with the best outcome.
Dr. Waters is part of the Mercy Clinic Pediatrics–HealthTracks team located at 4331 S. Fremont Ave. in Springfield. To schedule an appointment, call the clinic at 417.820.5000 or click here to visit their website.
Find more information about season-allergies and how your local Mercy provider can help by clicking here.
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