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April 11, 2018

Dear Fayetteville Public Schools family,

Spring is here, and as we enjoy the longer days, baseball, and time outside, it’s common to experience physical reactions to mold, grass, pollen, and other allergens.  Spring cleaning can trigger our sensitivity to dust, and the beautiful blooms bring increased pollen into the air we breathe.

Allergic rhinitis is the most common childhood ailment caused by allergies. Symptoms include a runny and itchy nose, sneezing, postnasal drip and nasal congestion (blockage). A child with allergies may also have itchy, watery, red eyes and chronic ear problems. Even though it’s commonly known as “hay fever,” allergic rhinitis isn’t triggered by hay and doesn’t cause fever. (, 2018). 

Other common allergens for children include insect bites or stings, pet hair or fur, cigarette smoke, and perfume.  If your child has symptoms that may be related to seasonal or other allergens, I encourage you to make an appointment with your health provider or an allergist.

Fayetteville Public Schools Wellness and Education Clinic at Owl Creek is a great resource for care related to childhood allergies and asthma.  Donna Long, APRN, has extensive education on caring for children and adults with allergies and asthma.  You can schedule your appointment by calling 479-718-0285. 

Wishing you an enjoyable and healthy spring!

Melissa Thomas, RN
Director of Health Services
Fayetteville Public Schools


Melissa Thomas, Health Servcies Director

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