Childhood Nasal Allergies - Chicago Pediatric Allergist

Allergic rhinitis is the term used to describe nasal symptoms caused by environmental allergies. Allergic rhinitis has also been referred to as “hay-fever.” Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny Nose
  • Nasal Obstruction (stuffiness or nasal congestion)
  • Itching of the eyes, nose, and roof of the mouth

Other symptoms of childhood nasal allergies include post-nasal drainage, coughing, irritability and fatigue.

The intense nasal itching caused by childhood allergies often results in a child rubbing his/her nose (causing a line across the nose). This is called the “allergic salute.” Darkening of the eyes can also occur with more severe allergies. These are called “allergic shiners.”

Childhood nasal allergies treatment - frequency of symptoms

  • 10% of children will have only seasonal allergy symptoms
  • 30% of children have perennial (year round) symptoms and seasonal symptoms
  • 60% of children have only perennial (year round) symptoms

Examples of seasonal allergens include:

  • Tree pollen (tree pollen season begins in March/April, and continues into May).
  • Grass pollen (grass pollen season begins in May/June and continues into July).
  • Ragweed pollen (ragweed pollen season begins in mid-August and continues into September)
  • Mold (mold spores are released during the late spring and summer).

Examples of perennial allergens include:

  • Pets (furry pets such as cats and dogs)
  • Dust mites
  • Cockroaches
  • Some types of mold spores

Nasal allergies and asthma:

There is a strong association between allergic rhinitis and asthma. Approximately 1/3 of children with allergic rhinitis will also have asthma. Most patients with asthma will also have nasal allergies.

Other conditions:

Allergic rhinitis has also been associated with recurrent ear infections, difficulty with sense of smell, and obstructive sleep apnea.

Childhood nasal allergies treatment - Chicago pediatric allergist

Clarity Allergy Center provides comprehensive allergy testing, diagnosis and treatment in the Chicago area, including childhood nasal allergies and allergic rhinitis. Dr. Rotskoff has a passion to help patients who have continued to suffer despite persistent allergy symptoms.