THURSDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Before they head back to school, children should be taught how to avoid common allergens, experts say.
Just like germs or viruses, there are many allergy triggers in classrooms and on playgrounds that are responsible for more than 14 million missed school days each year in the United States, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).
"Children with allergies and asthma should be able to feel good, be active and not miss any classes or activities this school year due to their condition," allergist Dr. James Sublett, chair of the ACAAI Public Relations Committee, said in a college news release. "Helping your child understand what triggers their symptoms can keep them focused on their studies and not their allergies."
The ACAAI advised that there are ways children can stay away from allergy triggers so they can feel their best, including:
The experts recommended that children with symptoms of allergies or asthma make an appointment with a board-certified allergist to develop a treatment plan.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about students' health in school.
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SOURCE: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, news release, July 19, 2012
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