March 2017

Allergy Season
Posted on 01/04/2017

The arrival of springtime and warm weather means that allergy season is in full swing. Triggers such as pollen or air pollution, may start to bother those children with Asthma.  Pay attention to pollen levels.  These are noted in your local weather report.  Try to spend less time outside when levels are high.  Keep windows closed to keep pollen outside.  Have your child’s quick-relief medicine with you at all times.  Stay in contact with your child’s doctor about flare-ups, for treatment needed.

Many children are coming to school with itchy, bloodshot eyes.  This could be due to the fact that the child has seasonal allergies, or it could be due to Conjunctivitis, which is commonly called pink eye.  Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the thin, transparent layer of the eyeball and the inner surface of the eyelids.  The inflammation causes redness, tearing and occasionally formation of a yellow discharge.  Transmission is by direct contact, and is contagious for the first 24 to 72 hours and until discharge has ceased.

 Bloodshot eyes from allergies are not always discernible from Conjunctivitis.  If your child has the above signs and symptoms, please call your pediatrician for treatment and keep your child home.

 

If your child has been diagnosed with seasonal allergies and requires eye drops, they can be administered in school, as needed, following the school medication policy.  If your child has been diagnosed with seasonal allergies, please forward a doctor’s note so I can update your child’s health record.  If you have any questions, please call me.

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