Hay fever is the name that is commonly used to describe seasonal allergic rhinitis. It is a condition that affects many children, especially in the spring time. Its symptoms, which are comparable to the common cold, are generally triggered by environmental factors, such a pollen or dust. However, hay fever differs from the common cold most obviously in that there is no accompanying fever with hay fever, despite the name. Where a common cold will last around three days to a week, hay fever will last as long as exposure to allergens persists.
If a child’s immune system is allergic to these spores and pollens, it will release chemicals into the bloodstream called histamines to combat them and protect the body. It is these chemicals that are responsible for the symptoms that are associated with hay fever. Call today for your allergy testing.
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If you believe that your child is showing signs of seasonal allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, Lee M. Mandel, MD, FACS, can help. Your child will receive a full allergy panel test at the South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center, Inc. Dr. Mandel’s comprehensive testing will determine precisely what type of mold spores and/or pollen your child is allergic to. He will then offer a customized treatment plan that to combat those allergens, thus providing relief from the hay fever that he or she is suffering from.