Magazine article USA TODAY

Keeping Kids Free of Household Allergens

Magazine article USA TODAY

Keeping Kids Free of Household Allergens

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Each year, allergies take their toll on a large percentage of the American population. More than 35,000,000 people in the U.S. suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). Allergic rhinitis is triggered by airborne irritants such as pollen, mold, animal dander, or dust mites. This causes itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose. Allergic diseases develop at any age, and heredity plays a key role in who will contract them. If one parent has an allergic disease, the estimated risk of a youngster developing allergies is 48%; if both parents have allergies, however, the risk increases to 70%.

"It's impossible to completely eliminate all the things that might trigger a child's allergies, but taking steps to delay the child's exposure to certain allergens may help," suggests David Patterson, a fellow of the AAAAI. To help lower the risk for developing allergic rhinitis, allergists recommend taking the following steps to reduce the levels of allergens that may be in the home:

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