Is It a Cold or Allergies?

Allergies versus cold is a very
difficult topic. It’s very difficult to know whether your child is having
symptoms of allergies or sometimes a cold. Usually symptoms of allergies are
runny nose, sneezing, and itchy or scratchy throat. Those symptoms can come
during a cold as well. Is it important to know the difference?
Yes, it’s important because the treatment is different. If you don’t know for sure
that your child has allergies, for example, if your child has not been
tested for allergies, then you can try an over-the-counter antihistamine. If it
doesn’t help, maybe it’s not allergies that you’re dealing with but more
recurrent colds. If you are unsure if your child has
allergies because they have recurrent symptoms and they may or may not respond
to allergy therapy, maybe your child needs to be allergy tested. You may
want to ask your pediatrician if they can refer you to an allergy specialist
to have them tested. My son has allergies and I understand how frustrating it can
be when they keep having symptoms and sometimes you don’t know what is going
on. It is always important to talk to your doctors about it, so then you can
make the correct plan of treatment for your child.

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