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What's Going Around: Hay fever

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BELOIT (WKOW) -- As you spend more time outside, you might start to feel under the weather. That's because seasonal allergies are still going around for the week of May 1 - May 7.

Dr. Hetal Patel with Community Health Systems of Wisconsin is seeing many of her patients coming in for hay fever at her office in Beloit. Dr. Patel, a pediatrician, says hay fever can be caused by tree, grass or weed pollen or fungal or mold spores.

Dr. Patel says you'll notice similar symptoms to a cold: stuffy, runny nose, sneezing, nasal itching, post-nasal drip and facial pressure or pain. Your eyes may itch or be red, swollen or you'll notice blue skin below your eyes. Dr. Patel says you'll have a sore, itchy throat and ear congestion. You may have trouble sleeping or be breathing through your mouth. Children might have trouble concentrating at school.

To treat, Dr. Patel says to keep kids inside during the morning when the pollen count is high, especially from 5 until 10 a.m. Keep your car and house windows closed and use the air conditioner in your car. Have your child take a shower before bed to rinse off the pollen. You can also use a nose rinse for older kids. Dr. Patel says you can try steroid nasal sprays too. Some are available over the counter. She also says try an antihistamine like Claritin or Allegra, but ask a pediatrician first. 

sometimes a doctor will recommend an allergy shot for children who don't respond to these, so keep tabs on any changes with your child.

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