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It seems that I always have a little cough or a bad cold and a runny nose.

Dear Dr. Cory:

It seems that I always have a little cough or a bad cold and a runny nose. Why is that and what can I do to help it?

Megan Oteney

Allen, Michigan

Dear Megan:

It sounds like you may have allergies. Check with your doctor to find out what is causing the allergy and then, if possible, avoid it.

Your doctor may want you to see a pediatric allergist, a children's doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating allergies. The pediatric allergist may want to do some allergy tests. The testing usually includes "scratching" the skin with things that could possibly cause the allergy.

Some allergies triggered by cats, dogs, or tobacco smoke can be treated by avoiding the source. Others, such as mold, pollen, or dust allergies, can't be easily avoided and may need to be treated with medication.

See you next issue!

Your friend,

Cory SerVaas, M.D.
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Publication:Children's Digest
Date:Dec 1, 1995
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