By Jill Hanson, M.D.
Did you know that it is possible for a child to have allergy-like symptoms without actually having an allergy?
Irritants are substances that can trigger allergy- and asthma-like reactions when a child is exposed to them. What causes these symptoms and the degree to which they are experienced varies from person to person.
Common irritants include:
Because irritants are different for every child, how you avoid them will depend on what your child's triggers are. Here are some tips for avoiding the most common irritants.
When to See a Doctor
It can be difficult to tell the difference between an irritant and an allergen, but an allergist can help with this. Your child should see an allergist if he or she: