Can Allergies Cause Fever in Children?

Q:
Can allergies cause fever in children?

A:
Can allergies cause a fever? Generally, no. Sometimes, however, allergy symptoms can make you vulnerable to a bacterial or viral infection. A bacterial or viral infection can lead to a fever, which you can indirectly blame on your allergy.

Some symptoms of an allergic reaction can cause mucus build up in different parts of the child’s body, leading to an infection. The most common secondary infections found in children with allergies are ear infections, sinus infections and bronchitis. Talk with a pediatrician to determine the cause of the fever.

Allergy Treatment

  • A pediatrician will properly diagnose and recommend the most effective treatment.
  • Prevent allergic reactions by identifying the allergens causing the reaction.
  • Avoiding allergens and giving the child a daily antihistamine.

Fever Treatment

  • Treat a fever resulting from allergies with a pain reliever/fever reducer.
  • Do not use aspirin on children under the age of 18 years. Aspirin products may increase the child’s risk of developing Reye’s Syndrome.
  • Dressing the child in loose-fitting clothing, giving a warm bath and providing plenty of fluids.

Go to see a doctor immediately if a child with allergies shows the following signs: a fever over 105 degrees, constant crying, has a stiff neck, has difficulty waking up, develops purple spots or has difficulty breathing.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.