Is it Allergies or Is It a Cold?

As a parent, you should encourage your child to engage in free play outside with their friends, but if you live in Central Texas, your child may suffer from allergies, making that difficult.

If you think your child may be suffering from allergies look out for these symptoms:

●Runny nose
●Itching or swelling of the lips, tongue or throat
●Upset stomach, cramps, bloating or diarrhea
●Wheezing or difficulty breathing

Next, you should see a doctor to confirm your suspicion. Your doctor will perform a skin prick or RAST test and determine a treatment plan.

It is sometimes difficult to tell whether your child has a cold or or suffering from allergies. Colds are caused from viruses that get into your immune system. Symptoms such as congestion and coughing are your body’s response to the virus. When the body mistakes harmless substances for viruses such as dust, allergies occur. You experience cold-like symptoms because the body releases histamine. Histamine is also released when a real virus enters the body. Visit this chart for more information on colds and allergies.

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