Bug Of The Month: Hayfever (Seasonal Allergies)

Technical Names: Allergic Rhinitis

Nicknames: Hayfever, Allergies

What it is: allergic reaction to something in the environment such as pollen, dust, molds, animal hai. It is an overreaction of the immune system – a “normal” reaction on overload. People can grow in and out of allergies throughout their lives. Genetics determines some predisposition but environmental factors can also overload the immune system.

Seasonal Issues:

Many people have season allergies particularly around season change times. Some people are allergen specific and others have year ’round allergies.


Symptoms are different person to person but include some of the following:

  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy skin
  • watery eyes that may appear red
  • wheezing or cough


Symptoms specific and may include:

  • avoidance if possible of offending allergen (eg. if allergic to cats, avoid cats)
  • antihistamines: over the counter and prescritpion
  • expectorant for nasal congestion
  • saline nose spray
  • eye drops
  • other medications as indicated by symptoms

When to Call Your Doctor

  • symptoms interfering with activities
  • symtpoms interfering with sleep
  • trouble breathing
  • worsening itchy rash

Internet Resources for Parents

All About Allergies (KidsHealth)

Internet Resources for Teens and Kids

For Teens

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