Allergy season is just around the corner

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When children head back to class, the school should be notified of any allergies from which a child suffers.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, allergies and asthma are the most common chronic diseases among children. Seventy to eighty percent of children with asthma also have allergies.

An allergic reaction can be life threatening. When allergies show up, symptoms of itchy red eyes, sneezing, runny nose, cough, are very similar to the common cold.

“Well of course it’s hard to tell colds from allergies initially, they’ll be treated the same. Do lots of fluid to break up any congestion, you can do an antihistamine for any drainage, it will help allergies a lot, it will help colds some. The big thing will be that if it lasts more than a week and you’re getting worse, then it’s time to get checked, ” John Johnson, Beckley Pediatrics Pediatrician MD, said.

The best way to manage allergies is to avoid the allergens causes the reaction. If a child cannot, send them to school with an epi-pen or on allergy medication. 

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