Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

How Can I Tell if My Child has Seasonal Allergies?

You child’s allergy symptoms may be much like cold symptoms: Runny nose, clear drainage, sneezing, itchy eyes or throat. If your child has a cold, he or she may feel sick and not have much energy. But with allergies, he or she may feel fine except for the itchy eyes and runny nose.

You may also be able to tell if it’s allergies from dark circles under the eyes (called allergic shiners) or a crease on the nose from frequent rubbing (known as allergic salute). If your child has symptoms that last a long time – or that go away for a few days and then return – it could be allergies instead of a cold. Parents play a role, too. If one parent has allergies, your child has about a 50 percent chance of having allergies. If both parents have allergies, there’s about a 75 percent chance your child will, too.

What Can Make Allergies Worse

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Smoke from wood stoves or fireplaces
  • Perfume
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Car exhaust

Call Your Health Care Provider if Your Child has Any of These Symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Frequent headaches
  • Greenish or yellowish drainage from the nose

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How Can I Tell If My Child Has Seasonal Allergies?

Seasonal allergies in kids presents a lot like adult allergies, so they have a lot of runny noses, clear drainage, sneezing. Kids oftentimes though, have other physical things that you can see: Underneath their eyes you can see a little bluish discoloration, which we call allergic shiners and a kid who has a continuous runny nose typically rubs their hand here and you will see a little crease on top their nose, kind of an allergic salute, so a little crease here. Also, I would keep allergies in mind if any of the parents of the children have allergies. So, if one parent has allergies, your chance of your child having allergies is about 50%. If both parents have allergies, the chance is about 75%.


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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine