Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on May 13, 2013 @ 7:34PM
Created on May 13, 2013 @ 6:12PM
Spring is in the air and so is the pollen, so this is the time of year when allergies are in full force. But they aren't just outside. They can affect you indoors too. They even could be affecting your children in school.
There are many different factors that can cause young children to have allergic reactions while they're in school. So if your child is saying they're allergic to school, they may not be lying.
One that stuck out was chalk dust. Some people think since it's dust filling the air, that's why people sneeze or have some kind of reaction to it. But really chalk has a milk protein in it called casein. When someone writes on the chalk board or claps erasers, the dust can be inhaled by students. Chalk dust still goes into the air even if you get dustless or dust free chalk. So if your child has a milk allergy this could be why they're having an allergic reaction. Some schools are using dry erase boards or projectors instead, but if not you may want to look into it.
Another major possibility is mold spores. A lot of schools tend to be a little older, so over time mold has formed in them which can cause asthmatic reactions in kids.
"Especially this time of year, they do become more prominent so it's just something we have to deal with. We just treat them accordingly and the best that we can. And being proactive" said T.J. Ravis, Pharmacist in Charge at Best Care Pharmacy in Weston.
Ravis said education is key. Symptoms for all different types of allergies are generally the same: runny nose, nasal congestion, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes. To prevent these things from happening, make sure your kids are in a clean environment and you know what they're allergic to. If they get these symptoms, talk to your doctor as soon as possible and get some sort of over the counter medication. If you have any more questions about allergies, visit your local pharmacy.
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