Can You Spot an Allergy?
Your child's runny nose and sore throat could be due to a cold virus or a seasonal allergy. Here's help telling the two apart.
||Reaction to pollen from trees, grass, weeds, and ragweed; mold; and dust mites.|
|How Long It lasts
||About 7 Days.
||Symptoms persist or recur every few days; may be worse during the spring and fall.|
||Mild fever; clear, thin, watery nasal mucus that thickens as child improves; slight cough or occasional clearing of throat; sore throat.
||No fever, clear, thin nasal mucus; frequent sneezing; itchy, watery eyes and nose; wet cough that worsens with activity.|
||Rest and plenty of fluids; acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve sore throat or headache. Go easy on cold remedies- some can cause side effects, and they won't cure a cold any faster.
||Antihistamines to ease symptoms. Take your child to the doctor, who can help identify allergenic substances and offer guidelines on avoiding them.|