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What is the worst allergy symptom for children?

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Updated October 04, 2009

Question: What is the worst allergy symptom for children?
Answer: Allergic rhinitis is the most common chronic disease of childhood, affecting up to 40% of all children. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis commonly include sneezing, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, itchy nose, itchy eyes, and a runny nose. Different children experience different allergy symptoms, although most children experience more than one of these symptoms.

The Pediatric Allergies in America Survey, published in 2009, sought to determine the effects of allergic rhinitis on children. This study surveyed over 35,000 households in the United States, and determined common symptoms of allergies, effects of allergies on quality of life, and effects of medications on allergy symptoms.

While children experience allergic rhinitis symptoms in different ways, the survey sought to determine which allergy symptoms were the most bothersome. Nasal congestion was the most bothersome symptom by far, and it was reported to be the worst symptom more than twice as often as the next worst symptom (headaches). Other symptoms near the top of the list included runny nose, dry cough, itchy eyes and postnasal drip.

It certainly is important to consider which symptoms most bother a child when choosing a treatment regimen. Nasal congestion would not be expected to be treated to any significant degree with oral antihistamines; prescription nasal sprays and Singulair would be better choices to address this symptom.

Learn more about the allergies in children.

Source:

Meltzer EO, Blaiss MS, Derebery J, et al. Burden of Allergic Rhinitis: Results From the Pediatric Allergies in America Survey. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009; 124:S43-70.

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