In this health video learn about how allergies and asthma can connect.
Female Speaker: It is estimated that Allergies account for the loss of 2 million school days per year. The list of potential allergens is long, ranging form foods, to dust mites, and pollen to animal dander. Debbie Slafsky: Kevin, I didn’t know we had an allergy to cats. Well, he was a -- to cat, I mean the allergic is eyes would get very blood shot like sneeze about 12 times in a row, but he like to the cat. I guess with Martin’s like he had a chronic runny nose and he wasn’t always sick, but he always had a runny nose. Female Speaker: Airborne Allergy can cause stuffy or runny noses, sneezing attacks ear aches and head aches from congestion, eye sensitivity and difficulty in breathing. If your child has cold like symptoms lasting longer then a week or two or develops a cold at the same time every year, consult your pediatrician. Child Speaker: Here are some fun talks about family pets. Did you know cats and dogs have allergies too? Just like us, they can be allergic dust mites, food, even flee bytes they are unlike us. Cats and dogs don’t get runny nose they do scratch -- keep celebrating dogs. Want to know how? Two -- and new toy. One -- a brand new bone. But more a popular than a bone is ice cream. More than one million dogs get ice cream on there and that’s the fun fact and I’m -- George McCracken: Allergies are very important pre-disposing event for media and other respiratory conditions in children including asthma. The child who has a same symptoms of a cold on a periodic basis that is seasonal one should suspect that this maybe an allergy rather than a respiratory viral infection. If the symptoms are also associated either with itching such they get red eyes and it itches, this is much more likely an allergic response to something in the environment than a viral infection. Female Speaker: Some kids are allergic to medications like antibiotics. Two-and-half year old Sierra developed a rash after being given Penicillin. Sara Lowe: She started getting these red welts all over her torso and I really didn’t know what it was, so I ran back to the doctor and make sure she was allergic to the Penicillin. It was a really scary thing. Female Speaker: Well, deep breath in. Bow! Hardly keep blowing to blow it forcedly out. Blow, blow, blow, don’t stop, don’t stop, don’t stop. Very good. Female Speaker: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes airways to tight and narrow. Nearly four million kids in the US have asthma; it’s the number one reason for kids chronically missing school. Common triggers for asthma attacks are exercise, allergies, viral infections, weather changes, and smoke. These kids are at risk during flu and cold season. Mark Ward: With asthma, again we intend to see it coming into the emergency room quite a bit during the winter time because when children one of these viruses in conjunction with having asthma, they are more likely to begin wheezing and have an asthma attach and go severe through out the day and end up in the emergency department. Female Speaker: If you suspect that your child has asthma or allergies, contact your pediatrician, and keep a list of all symptoms when they appear and what may have triggered them.