children with school gearFor many adults allergies represent a nuisance that has to be managed with over the counter and prescription medications.  Allergies can lead to loss of work days and slowed productivity, while the sufferers try to function in a fog of sneezing, coughing, and burning eyes. What happens when that sufferer is your child? Millions of kids are going back to school this September and allergies can easily get in the way of making it a smooth transition. With so much pressure to make it through the maze that is school, itchy eyes, coughs, and a runny nose are not a welcome addition. The social stigma of skin allergies can be devastating as they may be prone to itchy, red, flaky skin. Nothing makes it harder to learn than being pointed out and ostracized by your classmates.

Allergies can have serious and even deadly consequences if precautions are not taken. Certain common foods like shellfish and peanuts can be especially dangerous. Prepare your child for possible allergic reactions that can occur well before they actually happen. It is better to be prepared and not put any of the information to use than to have to suffer an asthma attack and wind up in the hospital. Thus a visit to the allergist should be part of a wise and healthy approach to going back to school.

Communicate with your child’s teachers

If your child has already been diagnosed with allergies, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology recommends alerting their teachers and other relevant school personnel. You can communicate your child’s allergies through a written note. Some schools may already have a procedure in place to alert the school nurse and other teachers of allergies they should be aware of.

How your allergist can help you prepare for emergencies

If your child has not officially been diagnosed with an allergy and you suspect that he or she may suffer with one, you may want to consider making a visit to your local allergist. It will give you both peace of mind to confirm what your child is allergic to.

Help your child to understand their allergies

Your child should be able to understand and communicate exactly what they are allergic to and how they react should they come in contact with a trigger. They should also know what to do if an allergic reaction occurs. For some that may mean something as basic as taking an over-the-counter antihistamine or something more severe like an EpiPen for allergic reactions that may include asthma. Be sure that younger children know how to talk to a trusted adult about what is happening to them and be able to dial emergency services if needed.

The mission of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology is to advance the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma, and immunology for optimal patient care.


About RAMC: Located in Redondo Beach, CA. Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC) provides a medical facility for a wide range of allergy and asthma related conditions, from nasal allergies and hay fever to skin allergy conditions and scalp eczema. If you or your children are in search of seasonal allergy relief, skin allergy treatment, sinus problems or headaches, or have shown signs of an ibuprofen allergy, you are encouraged to contact the team at RAMC. The office also may be contacted by phone at 310-792-9050.  Visit the site at

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