While colds and allergies often mimic each other, there are differences in the intensity and frequency of the symptoms. Most importantly, a cold doesn’t last over 14 days, so if by day 15 your child is still suffering, he or she may have allergies. (If you’d like to see a side-by-side comparison of allergies and a cold, WebMD has provided this chart with general guidelines.)
When it comes to children’s allergies, the allergens are the same culprits as those that trigger adult reactions:
So really it’s not the specific allergens that are different for the different age groups, but different conditions in which the sufferers are exposed. Let’s take a look.
The question remains: With fall allergies surrounded your child, how can you keep him or her happy and healthy? Well, you can go the medication route with antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays and allergy shots. Or you can make an appointment with our subsidiary office Westwood Ear, Nose and Throat and see what we can do to help.
After our expert physicians perform thorough diagnostic procedures to figure out exactly what your child is allergic to, we will come up with an individualized treatment plan that will help your child leave fall allergies behind. If that plan includes removing tonsils or adenoids, inserting tubes in the ears, or fixing a deviated septum, our patient-centered manner of care will put both you and your child completely at ease.
Don’t let your child suffer from fall allergies any longer. Call (203) 574-5997 for an appointment at one of Westwood Ear, Nose & Throat’s three conveniently-located offices today.