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6 Ways to Minimize Allergies at School

Allison Tsai Apr 7th, 2014 (updated Nov 10th, 2014)
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Diagnose and treat allergies
Diagnose and treat allergies

Once you see your child having allergy symptoms, such as runny nose, congestion, itchy and watery eyes and earaches, take them to the doctor so they can be diagnosed and treated with allergy medications.  Then you can begin to figure out ways your child can avoid certain allergens.

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Tell the school nurse
Tell the school nurse

If your child has severe allergies or asthma, tell the school nurse their allergens as well as any medications they are taking. They should also be aware of your child’s action plan in case of emergency.

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Stay away from the school pet
Stay away from the school pet

If your child’s school keeps a furry pet, it could exacerbate your child’s allergies. If your child’s allergies worsen at school, it might be due to the class pet.

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Follow doctor’s advice about sports
Follow doctor’s advice about sports

Though physical activity and sports are good for kids, if they are having allergy flares or asthma issues, their symptoms may not be under control. Talk with your allergist about which sports and physical activity might be problematic for your child, as well as making sure their medications are being effective.

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Sit away from chalk dust
Sit away from chalk dust

Dust irritation can be a problem in school settings, particularly if the school still uses chalk and blackboards. The chalk dust can cause irritation and allergy flares.

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Make sure lockers are cockroach-free
Make sure lockers are cockroach-free

Children can be allergic to the feces of cockroaches, which can bring on a host of allergy symptoms. Both allergies and asthma can become a problem if cockroaches aren’t eliminated.