Is My Child Suffering from Seasonal Allergies or Asthma?


When your child is suffering from a breathing problem, especially after spending a considerable amount of time outside, it can be difficult to discern if either asthma or seasonal allergies are to blame. While some symptoms, like coughing, can pertain to either medical condition, they are both issues that require different forms of treatment. Asthma occurs when airways contract and tighten, and can be alleviated with medication, inhalers and developing an asthma plan of attack.

Asthma symptoms include:

  • Coughing

  • Wheezing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Tightening of chest or additional pressure

Seasonal allergies are a reaction to pollen, and can occur almost anytime of year, depending on what triggers them. Allergies in generally may be brought on by a reaction to a new stimulus within the environment, such as a dog, cat, dust or pollen.

Allergy symptoms include:

  • Sneezing

  • Wheezing

  • Congestion

  • Coughing

  • Itchy/watery eyes

  • Hives

  • Fatigue

Allergy treatments may include, but are not limited to, anti-histamine pills, steroids and visits to allergen specialists.

Comprehensive Seasonal Allergy & Asthma Care at Western Wake Pediatrics

If you suspect your child has seasonal allergies or asthma, the expert team at Western Wake Pediatrics in Cary, NC can help. We offer an asthma clinic that is specifically designed for children who are experiencing breathing problems as a result of their diagnosis. At our clinic, we can administer a spirometry test for children ages five and up to determine their level of lung function. Our medical specialists can also treat seasonal allergies through a set of routine visits to our Cary office, recommending customized treatments, depending on your child’s allergies.

When your child starts experiencing allergy or asthma symptoms, give the Cary doctors at Western Wake Pediatrics a call at 919-859-9991. You may also visit our contact page to obtain more information, including hours and location.


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