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ALLERGIES OR ASTHMA IN KIDS: HOW TO TELL WHICH IS WHICH.

If your child is sneezing, coughing or having trouble breathing, it can be difficult to know what the cause is. Could it be seasonal allergies?, Or is it asthma? How can you tell the difference? The following charts can help you determine which condition your child has based on symptoms and triggers.

SYMPTOMS OF CHILDHOOD ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA

ALLERGIES1

ASTHMA2

Sneezing

Shortness of breath

Itchy nose

Pain in chest

Runny nose

Wheezing

Watery eyes

Coughing

Nasal congestion

Trouble sleeping

ALLERGIES1

ASTHMA2

Pet dander

Colds

Mold

Physical activity

Ragweed

Cigarette smoke

Pollen

  

Dust mites

Sources:

1. Asthma Symptoms. (n.d.). Retrieved December 11, 2015, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma/basics/symptoms/con-20026992

2. Common Asthma Triggers. (2012, August 20). Retrieved December 11, 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/triggers.html