Allergies Anyone?

We welcome Spring with open arms.  It’s the best season in California’s Central Valley. The days are bright and warm, the birds wake us in the mornings with their choir, and flowers and trees are blooming everywhere.

We spend more time outdoors in Spring and my kids love to go to the park more.  But, almost as if out of the blue, the sneezing, watery eyes, fatigue, and running noses have started again.  Allergies have arrived.

I never had allergies when I was living in Mexico, but for the last eight years, I have been fighting them each spring.  I remember the first time I felt them, I thought I was coming down with a cold, but it didn’t really feel quite the same.

With the kids, too, it’s hard to know at first if there is a cold coming on or if it’s allergies.  The kids feel tired, they start sneezing, and they don’t seem themselves.  I find myself wondering if I should send them to school or keep them home.

Well, here are some tips I found at the Claritin website to help determine the difference:

It’s probably an allergy if:

  • There is no fever and no muscle ache.
  • Mucous secretions are clear and runny.
  • Sneezes occur in rapid, multiple sequence.
  • Itchiness in nose, ears, and throat (especially the palate or roof of the mouth) is present.
  • Symptoms of seasonal allergies usually last longer than the typical duration of a cold, which is usually 7 to 10 days.

If you want to know more information about allergies, you can find a lot of info at the Claritin website, which is also in Spanish here! And you can also follow the conversation on twitter following the #thedifferenceisclear hashtag.

Finally, I would like to share a funny video featuring Dancing with the Stars host Brooke Burke-Charvet.  Brooke has teamed up with Merck, makers of Claritin, to present an over-the-top look at two versions of one busy woman’s day juggling work, life, and family while also dealing with allergies.


Disclaimer: I wrote this post while participating in a blog tour conducted by Burst Media on behalf of Claritin®. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, but my opinions are my own. General Health Disclaimer.
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