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What Can I Do About My Child’s Nasal Allergies or Eye Allergies?
Completely eliminating allergy triggers is impossible, but here are some tips to help limit your child’s exposure:
Some allergies trigger a runny nose or red, watery eyes. For example, seasonal allergies generally are triggered by sensitivity to airborne mold spores or to pollens from trees (starting at end of March/beginning of April) and grasses (heaviest in May and June through July) or weeds (most potent at end of summer through fall). Ragweed often is the culprit in autumn.
Other triggers are dust mites; cockroach saliva, feces, and body parts; and pet dander — particles of skin shed by animals with fur or feathers.
A runny, stuffy nose, sneezing, and post-nasal drip are symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Additionally, eyes become watery, reddened, and itchy.
A skin scratch test, a simple procedure in the allergist’s office, is used to confirm seasonal allergies and identify the specific triggers. The skin is exposed to an allergen through a tiny puncture or scratch. The area is observed for a reaction, such as a small hive (raised, reddened, itchy blotch). The test can confirm whether the patient reacts to something they breathe, touch, or eat. Alternatively, a blood test maybe performed.
Hay fever, eczema, and allergic asthma are among the conditions skin prick tests are used to diagnose.
Several forms of treatment are available: