For a week, you've wiped your preschooler's runny nose all day long, then listened to her cough in her sleep all night. She's been looking and feeling miserable, and you want to help her get better, but you aren't sure exactly how to categorize her symptoms. Is it a cold, or does she have allergies?
You aren't alone; many parents are confused about the proper way to treat a coughing, sneezing child, because colds and allergies often have overlapping symptoms.
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Although much of Arizona and New Mexico is arid, most people in the cities,
suburbs, and small towns grow grass for lawns. Plus, the land has been
disturbed by construction and landscaping, so weeds are widespread. Las Vegas,
Tucson, and Phoenix have very high rates of allergies and asthma. Indoor
allergens, such as mites, molds, and cockroaches, are also common in desert
homes, especially when swamp coolers are used instead of air conditioning.
People get allergies because they’ve become sensitized to a different set of
allergens, and the allergens to which you will be exposed vary considerably
from one location to another. If you are considering a move to another
community, talk with the locals about their allergies, or leave a question on
the WebMD Asthma and Allergies message board asking about the new location.
Try to take a vacation to the area. Remember, some people with
allergies do better in a new community for a year or two but then become
sensitized to the allergens in their new home.