Environmental Allergies

How serious is hay fever?

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    Seasonal allergies, sometimes called “hay fever,” are not a simple nuisance. “If left untreated, allergies can noticeably impair a child’s ability to learn and play,” says Maria Garcia-Lloret, M.D., pediatric allergy/immunology and rheumatology specialist at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. A child with a runny nose and itchy eyes is usually restless and does not pay attention. Severe nasal congestion usually leads to trouble sleeping and daytime sleepiness or inattentiveness. In severe cases, allergies can also cause an asthma attack.
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