Can you tell the difference between allergy and common cold symptoms in your child? A survey released by the American Lung Association (ALA), funded through an educational grant from Honeywell Consumer Products, reveals that 83 percent of parents in households with allergy sufferers claim to know the difference between symptoms of allergies and the common cold.
Many parents, however, could not tell the difference between three out of five allergy symptoms, including fever, sneezing and duration. When a child has an occasional, low-grade fever, he or she is probably suffering from a cold, not from allergies. Allergy sufferers rarely run a fever, but only 52 percent of the parents surveyed actually knew that. When it comes to sneezing, children that suffer from violent, prolonged spells rather than just as an occasional "ACHOO" are likely suffering from allergies, not a cold. Only 45 percent of the parents polled, however, know the difference in sneezing. Finally, slightly more than half of the parents polled realized that most colds last approximately seven to ten days - a much shorter duration than the weeks or months that allergies tend to linger.
It's important for parents to learn the difference between cold and allergy symptoms. And if you think your child has allergies, see your doctor for proper diagnosis. If your child does have allergies, improving indoor air quality and controlling the home environment are very important parts of allergy care.
The American Lung Association suggests three major strategies for reducing home indoor air pollution including: