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When to suspect an allergy?


Some allergies are easy to identify by the pattern of symptoms that invariably follows exposure to a particular substance. But others are more subtle, and may disguise as other conditions. Here are some common clues that could lead you to suspect your child may have an allergy.

Recurring red, itchy, dry, sometimes scaly rashes in the creases of the skin, wrists, and ankles.
Repeated or chronic cold-like symptoms – that last more than a week or two, or develop at about the same time every year. These could include a runny nose, nasal stuffiness, sneezing and throat clearing.
Nose rubbing, sniffling, snorting, sneezing and itchy, runny eyes.
Itching or tingling sensations in the mouth and throat. Itchiness is not usually a complaint with a cold, but it is the hallmark of an allergy problem.
Coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and other respiratory symptoms. Coughing may be an isolated symptom; increases at night or with exercise are suspicious for asthma.