Do you have fall allergies? Ragweed and mold could be the cause.

If your child comes down with a cold, it may not be a virus. These uncomfortable symptoms could come from ragweed or mold, two common fall allergens.

“Many parents complain that as soon as school starts, their child inevitably catches a cold. But, while kids do swap their fair share of germs during the school day, not every runny nose stems from a cold — often, those sneezy symptoms are the result of fall allergies.

“When school starts, most parents think a runny nose has to be a cold, but a lot of times it’s really hay fever caused by ragweed,” said Dr. Joseph Leija, an allergist at Loyola University Health System’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Leija also conducts the official pollen counts for the Midwest.”

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