Pollen Allergies VS Colds

Most in Phoenix are delighted when spring peaks its head around the corner. It’s our break from
the chilly winter and gives us time before the smoldering summer hit us hard. The weather is
perfect, and air is filled with…sneezes? While we may not notice it, the flowers are blooming
even in the Phoenix spring. If your child seems particularly stuffed up and squinty this time of
year, it may be due to pollen allergies.
What are Pollen Allergies?
Pollen allergies are an allergic reaction to the fine powder that comes from the stamen of
flowering plants. They’re also known as hay fever, caused when pollen hits the air.
Symptoms of Pollen Allergies
• Sneezing
• Nasal congestion
• Runny nose
• Watery eyes
• Itchy throat and eyes
• Wheezing
Differences Between Pollen Allergies and Colds
Surrounded by germy hands and uncovered coughs in classrooms, some children are particularly
prone to being sick. There are some key differences, though, between a pollen allergy and a cold.
What They Have in Common:
• Runny or Congested Nose
• Fatigue
• Cough
• Sore Throat
How to Tell Them Apart:
Pollen Allergies Cold
Duration Days to Months 3 Days to 2 Weeks
Time Seasonal Anytime
Fevers Never Rarely
Aches Never Sometimes
Itchy, watery eyes Often Never
What to do if Your Child Has Pollen Allergies
Nasal Steroids aka Nasal Spray
Common products include:
• Flonase
• Afrin
Antihistamines aka Over the Counter Drugs Common products include:
• Benadryl
• Claritin
• Allegra
• Zyrtec
These can come in pills, liquids, or sprays. Common products include:
• Sudafed
Allergy Shots
Small, gradual amounts of the pollen-causing symptom can be given to the child in something
called an allergy shot. This process usually takes 3-5 years.
Home Remedies
Common natural remedies include:
• Dehumidifiers
How to Fight Allergies Daily
Parents can see how their child’s allergies will act up that week by checking the pollen count.
Simply Google “pollen count” or visit a pollen forecast site.
Does your child need a pollen allergy consultation? Request an appointment at Pediatrix.
2018-09-18T11:29:11+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Blog|