Spring allergies are not even in full effect in my part of the Northeast yet we are starting to see the kids (some come in right off the bus in the morning) with allergy symptoms. Mostly itchy, red eyes.
Last May, I saw an average of 45 visits a day (many of the same kids/several times) with allergy symptoms. Almost all of them argued with me, "I don't have allergies" Ok, so what do you attribute your red, itchy eyes, clear runny nose and absence of fever to?
How do you treat? I allow the kids to rinse their eyes, hold an ice pack for 2-4 minutes and return to class. I encourage them to tell their parents to utilize OTC allergy relief. In many cases, I contact parents and have the same conversation.
When I see the same students multiple times a day, I do tend to get frustrated. I ask, "did your parents get the OTC allergy meds we talked about?" No... I reach out to the parent again.
I'm not sure what else is expected in terms of treatment. I encourage the students to get back to class and manage through the day with their mild allergy symptoms. Last year, I had some refuse to leave my office until I cured them.