As spring shifts to summer, allergy season is in full swing in Oregon. Much to the chagrin of allergy sufferers, Oregon has one of the highest pollen counts in the country. The top five worst cities for pollen count are all in Oregon, with Salem coming in as the city with the second highest average pollen count in the country.

If you’ve noticed your child sneezing a lot and itching their eyes frequently, allergies are the most likely culprit. About 1 in 5 Americans have allergies, which is close to 50 million people! If one parent has allergeies, a child has a 25% chance of also having allergies. This jumps to a 60% chance if both parents have seasonal allergies.

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to mitigate and treat seasonal allergies. Start by keeping your windows closed as much as possible and use air conditioning (same goes for in the car). Circulating the air in your home helps to keep pollen from accumulating and helps your child sneeze and sniff less. The next best step are daily over-the-counter remedies. Nasal sprays, oral antihistamines, and descongestants are the most used medications to help with allergies. If these remedies are not enough, you may need to consult with your pediatrician about next steps. Contact Woodburn Pediatric today to schedule an appointment and get advice on the best allergy treatments for your child!