Often allergy symptoms are thought of as sneezing, a runny nose or itchy watery eyes. But did you know allergies can cause chronic ear, nose and throat symptoms for children? Boys Town Ear, Nose and Throat Institute explains how allergies can target the ear, nose and throat of a child.
Children with nasal allergies may often have a history of other allergic tendencies such as eczema or food allergies and may be at a greater risk for developing asthma. A nasal allergy causes problems associated with sneezing, itching, nasal congestion and drainage.
For younger children under the age of 4, allergy symptoms are caused by exposure to allergens including pollen, dust, mold and dander. Observing which time of year or in which environments the symptoms are worse can help a physician identify the specific problems. Below are common ear, nose and throat issues that most commonly affect children.
If your child has chronic ear, nose or throat pain or discomfort, or difficulty sleeping or breathing, contact your child’s physician. Your physician will evaluate your child’s symptoms and review any recurrent allergic or medical conditions. If needed, an allergy test can give you specific information on what your child is allergic to, such as outdoor allergies, dust and pets. If allergies are ruled out, an ear, nose and throat physician can provide medical care and treatment for chronic ear, nose and throat conditions.