Seasonal Allergy Information
Complaints of itchy watery eyes, runny nose and sometimes a cough can be symptoms consistent with seasonal allergies. As your child’s symptoms worsen, they may become severe enough to interfere with your child’s academic class time. Consult your child’s doctor for the best treatment to relieve their symptoms. If your child seasonal allergies and has medication for his/her symptoms, please begin them in late before the allergy season begins (usually it is recommended that the medications are started in late February or early March) and continue them continuously for best results during this spring allergy season. Most medication like Zyrtec and Claritin may take a few weeks to work completely on the symptoms. In addition to oral medications for allergy symptoms, some students may also need eye drops for significant eye irritation due to seasonal allergies. Also, although Benadryl is a great antihistamine, it is usually not the best choice for seasonal allergies.
Eye drops and oral medication can always be kept in the VES Health Office and administered by the nurses during the school day as needed. You will need to bring in the medication and a completed medication administration request form for the nurses to administer the medications.
Also, if your child has seasonal allergies, it is important to review with your child that once they come inside from outdoor activities, they should wash their hands and rinse off their face. Also, in the evening your child should shower to wash off the pollen and other allergens causing their symptoms.