Back to School and Allergies

This time of year is a special time of year, as kids head back to school and begin their new journey into the unknown. I find parents struggle this time of year because their wonderful summer time spent with their kids has come to an end.

In addition, parents have to deal with making sure school medical excuses are in place and medications are stocked in the nurses office, just in case. As a parent with a child who has food allergies, I can certainly sympathize with sending a child back to school.

Many parents should be aware this time of year grass pollen remains pollenating and our weed pollen season is right around the corner. Children often do not complain about allergy symptoms, therefore, I recommend monitoring them after picking them up from school.

Typically allergy symptoms are runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion and itching. However, allergies can exacerbate asthma and skin conditions, such as eczema and hives. There are many over the counter medicines that treat these symptoms, but if symptoms become unbearable, I recommend you seek the advice of your pediatrician or specialist.

Besides dealing with allergies, please let me know if there is a remedy for solving the not wanting to do homework issue that all parents face throughout the year!!!

As always, I wish you well and good health.


Dr. David H. Tottori