KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The first sniffles and sneezes of the season often signal the arrival of fall in East Tennessee. Seasonal allergies, or hay fever, usually start in childhood and continue into adulthood. Children with allergies and asthma get a double whammy this time of year.
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Shannon Cohen says there are ways for families to distinguish between allergies and the common cold. It could be allergies if there is a family history, the child does not have a fever and if symptoms happened during the same time each year.
The signs for allergies are:
- Red, teary, itchy or swollen eyes
- Throat clearing
- Nose rubbing
Allergies can not cause asthma, however, the conditions are related. Dr. Cohen says children with allergies are more likely to have asthma than those who don’t. Also, symptoms in children with asthma can become worse when flowers and trees are releasing problems.
Dr. Cohen suggest things families can do to help relieve suffering:
- Avoid triggers
- Wash clothes
- Have children take baths when coming from outdoors
- Visit a pediatrician for allergy or asthma medication recommendations