Q: What makes an otherwise healthy nose sneeze or get congested, itchy, and runny?
A: For children with nasal allergies, these annoying symptoms happen when allergens like pollen, mold, dust mites,or animal dander enter the nose.
Q: What's the difference between seasonal and year-round allergies?
A: Seasonal allergies, often called "hay fever" generally occur in the spring and fall when trees, grasses, and weeds release pollen into the air. Year-round or perennial allergy symptoms are usually caused by indoor allergens like dust mites or animal dander.
Q: Could my child rhinitis nasal symptoms be caused by something other than allergies?
A: Yes, perennial (year-round) nonallergic rhinitis can be triggered by irritants in the air, indoors or out, rather than allergens such as pollen and mold. Nonallergic rhinitis involves inflammation and irritability of the lining of the nose, which may result in a stuffy nose and postnasal drip throughout the year.
Q: Aren't there steroids in nasal sprays? How can that be safe for children?
A: Don't confuse intranasal corticosteriods with anabolic steroids, which are drugs misused by some athletes to increase muscle mass and boost performance. Anabolic steroids and intranasal corticosteriods are similar to cortisol a hormone produced by your body to help reduce inflammation.