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Diseases and allergies
Most of the diseases listed to the left can be spread easily (contagious). This usually happens from the first sign of illness until your child feels better.
There are vaccines your child can get to prevent most of these diseases.
An allergy is an extra sensitive way the body reacts to things such as dust, pet dander and pollen. Allergies can run in families.
Did you know?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 23.5 million cases of hay fever (pollen allergy) or allergic rhinitis (without asthma) reported in the U.S. every year.
Allergy symptoms include:
- runny nose
- itchy, watery, red eyes
- nasal congestion
- pressure in your child's nose and cheeks.
If your child has an allergy, there are certain triggers to try to avoid. These triggers can make the symptoms worse:
- tobacco smoke
- car exhaust and other air pollutants
- chemical sprays
- perfumes, scented deodorants, other strong odors
- cold, damp weather
- strong emotions or stress
- pets with fur or feathers
- house dust and pollens.