Legacy in the News: Coping with seasonal allergies

Metro Parent

March 2014

Is it cold season….or is it allergy season?

Metro Parent spoke with Jillian Piro, M.D., pediatrician at Randall Children’s Pediatric Care – Forest Heights and other local doctors to find out how parents can tell the difference, and what they can do to alleviate their children’s allergies. The most common allergy symptoms, mirror those of a cold: sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and post-nasal drip that may lead to a cough.

There are two telltale signs that can help differentiate between a cold and allergies that Dr. Jill Piro, refers to them as allergic shiners, where the areas around a child’s eyes appear dark, and the allergic salute, where the tip of the nose has a little crease because kids are continually pushing it up to stop the drip.

Treatment for allergies include oral antihistamines and nasal antihistamines. Dr. Piro says the choice depends on the age of the child and his or her tolerance for nasal spray. Some children can tolerate something sprayed in their nose; many cannot. 

Start reading how to cope with seasonal allergies on page 10.

Contact: Maegan Vidal.