Spring’s Back – Does Your Child Have Seasonal Allergies?

allergy treatment in Woodstock, GAAlthough flu season isn’t quite over, the beginning of spring means it’s officially allergy season again. While some people suffer from allergies year-round, millions of Americans are affected by seasonal allergies. For parents with young children, it can be difficult determining whether or not your child has seasonal allergies or is just simply sick.

Here at American Family Care in Woodstock, GA, we believe it’s never the best idea for parents to try to diagnose their children themselves. It’s always a smart idea to enlist the assistance of certified medical professional, and our urgent care center is always happy to treat patients of all ages. However, we also believe it’s in every parent’s best interests to know a thing or two about these different illnesses and allergies. Therefore, we’ve created this guide to educate the families of Woodstock, GA to help them better understand what their child may be suffering from during this time of the year.

The Common Cold

With the common cold, children are typically affected by its symptoms more than adults. This applies to just about every illness. However, if your child’s just suffering from a cold, they likely won’t be feeling miserable. Although they will experience coughing, phlegm build-up and the occasional sneezing, their energy levels will only be marginally lower.

Unlike the flu, the common cold doesn’t have a vaccine, but typically clears up in just a few days.

Influenza

Because children are affected more by viruses than healthy adults, influenza’s symptoms are much worse. While a healthy adult could probably will themselves into going to work or school (although they shouldn’t), influenza cases for children will often render them bedridden. For example, the flu may cause adults to feel slightly nauseous or at the very least, lightheaded, influenza often induces vomiting for children.

Flu symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Fever – children may experience a fever as high as 104°, which can be incredibly dangerous, necessitating emergency care.
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Extreme Fatigue

Because the flu can be potentially deadly, the CDC asserts that everyone over 6 months of age should get a flu shot every year. At American Family Care – Woodstock, we provide flu shots 7 days a week during flu season.

Allergies

While seasonal allergies are certainly annoying, in most cases, there’s a stark difference between somebody suffering from pollen allergies and somebody suffering from the flu. If your child’s displaying the following symptoms, it’s likely that they may be experiencing allergies:

  • Wheezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Itching of the eyes and nose

Allergies are often the result of ragweed, dust mites, dander and pollen. When the flowers begin blooming, they release pollen into the air, which ends up collecting in the grass or on the trees – allowing it to spread with ease.

If you’ve noticed that your child suffered from similar symptoms last year, it’s likely that they have seasonal allergies. Be mindful of what times of the year your child seems to display symptoms as it could help your pediatrician or our staff here at American Family Care diagnose your child’s allergies.

We’re open 7 days a week and are always happy to help your family feel 100%. Call us at 770.200.1220 for more information. We look forward to helping you and your family get through allergy season!