Allergies are diseases of the immune system causing a systemic bodily overreaction to specific substances identified as an "allergen" that do not cause reactions in most people. These "allergens" can trigger sneezing, wheezing, coughing, itching, as well as more serious reactions such as asthma and anaphylaxis.
Common allergic diseases are: Allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, food allergy, drug allergy, latex allergy, insect sting/bite allergy, hives, skin allergies, eye allergy.
Best Practices for Managing Allergy or Anaphylaxis in the School Setting
Read the position statement of the National Association of School Nurses on the school nurse's role in the management of allergy or anaphylaxis in the school setting.
Visit the for detailed information about allergy causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Students miss school days each year because of allergy symptoms. Teachers should monitor the classroom for plants, pets or other items that may carry allergens. Encourage their students to wash their hands after recess or outside activities and help students with allergies to manage their symptoms during the school day.