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Environmental allergies, also called allergic rhinitis or hay fever, happen when something in the air causes the immune system to overreact. This could be pollen, dust, pet dander, mold, grass and more. 

A child with allergic rhinitis can have a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy nose or throat, or red, itchy and watery eyes. Environmental allergies can be seasonal or happen year-round. The condition can also be chronic, or ongoing.  

Nemours Children's allergy and immunology specialists understand that allergic rhinitis can make a child feel uncomfortable. It can keep them from doing what they enjoy. We work hard to relieve your child’s symptoms so they can play and have fun indoors and out.  

Learn more about Environmental Allergies at the Nemours KidsHealth Library

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Pediatric Expertise for all Types of Allergies

Some environmental allergies can look like or happen along with other conditions like food allergies, asthma, eczema (dry itchy rash), conjunctivitis (red and itchy eyes) or a cold. Our team has expertise in all types of allergies in children. We’ll help your child feel better fast. 

We offer a variety of diagnostic tests. We may recommend a skin test, which looks for signs of different allergens. We may also perform blood tests, oral challenges and others.  

We create a complete care plan. Very often, medicines or allergy shots can help a child with allergic rhinitis. Our care goes beyond medicines. We educate you about your child’s condition and help you create a healthy environment to minimize exposure to triggers.

We make it easy for you. If your child needs allergy shots, we want it to be convenient for your family. We offer care at locations throughout the community and variety in schedule.  

We work with other specialists if needed. Depending on your child’s condition, we may work with pediatric experts in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat, or ENT), pulmonology (lung health) and others. 

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