Your daughter would appear to have an atopic (allergic) predisposition, with her history of eczema (atopic dermatitis) and allergy to fish. How was the allergy to fish diagnosed? By skin testing, a blood test (RAST) or other tests? It is likely that what you refer to as “colds” may in fact not all be “colds” caused by viral infections, but allergic respiratory responses to environmental allergens such as house dust mite, animal dander and pollens. The symptoms can be frequent blocked noses with mainly clear nasal discharge, sneezing and itchy nose and eyes, with frequent rubbing. This would indicate allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis.There is no asssociated fever, although these symptoms may make a child irritable. A recurrent cough can be associated with these symptoms and may be related to allergic rhinitis and increased mucus production, but could also be a symptom of asthma, which is closely associated with allergic rhinitis and coud also be induced by viral respiratory infections.
It is important to remember that children do have more frequent infections, primarily viral, as they are exposed to new viruses and their immune system develops with age. Your daughter is unlikely to have an “immune deficiency” , but you should consult your doctor who may arrange investigations or refer her to a specialist for further assessment. Food allergy or sensitivity is unlikely to be responsible for her “cold” symptoms.
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