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Allergic Rhinitis in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, is swelling inside your child's nose caused by an allergen. An allergen can be anything that causes an allergic reaction. Allergies to weeds, grass, trees, or mold often cause seasonal allergic rhinitis. Indoor dust mites or pet dander can also cause allergic rhinitis. Seasonal allergic rhinitis means your child has symptoms during the spring, summer, or fall season. Perennial allergic rhinitis means your child has symptoms all year.

What are the signs and symptoms of allergic rhinitis?

How is allergic rhinitis diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will ask about your child's symptoms and examine him or her. Tell the provider if you know which allergens trigger your child's symptoms. Your child may need any of the following:

How is allergic rhinitis treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my child's allergic rhinitis?

Help your child avoid allergens as much as possible. Any of the following may help decrease your child's symptoms:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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