How To Avoid Seasonal Allergies In Children
Fantastic-it`s spring time again soon. Welcome to allergy season!
Millions of children and young adults are suffering every springtime and summer with hayfever symptoms and the numbers are still rising. But what can one actually do to prevent sneezing an sniffing all day?
What is a seasonal allergy?
A seasonal allergy occurs during a specific time of the year. Hayfever or allergic rhinitis is a typical example for an allergy that usually occurs in spring and summer. Rhinitis is basically just another word for runny or stuffy nose. Hayfever can really make you miserable. It means constant sneezing, a runny nose, congestion , itchy and red eyes, a scratchy throat and other very bothersome symptoms.
According to latest research climate change is responsible that these seasonal allergies occur not only longer but also much more severe than ever before.
People with hayfever are sensitive to allergens released at certain times of the year, such as airborne pollen from grasses , trees, ragweed, or mold. A person`s hay fever season is fairly predictable and generally occurs year after year.
Is there anything that actually works to prevent these allergies?
Of course the best way to help prevent allergies is to stay away from the allergen, but in many cases, this is not practical or possible.
Before you settle for plastic flowers and artificial turf try some of these very simple strategies that have been proven to work.
1)Staying indoors as much as possible during the allergy season
2) Keep doors and windows closed
3) Use the dryer to dry your child`s clothes (as pollen stick to clothes hung up outside)
4) Shower and Wash your child`s hair and skin before the child goes to bed-as pollen sticks like glue to hair and skin
5)Put used clothes away from where your child sleep
6) Have the child wear a face mask if it is in the garden
7) HEPA filters may be effcetive to trap particles such as pollen and dust
8) ·Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.
What about antiallergic medication?
Antihistamines are very effective in suppressing allergy symptoms.
Talk to your doctor which of the many drugs works best for you or your child. We recommend starting them 1- 2 weeks before the actual pollen season start. They work better if taken daily!
Are there any natural remedies that have been proven to work?
Yes, some natural drugs have been proven to be very effective. Why not combine the best of alternative with traditional medicine.?
A good example is Quercetin. Quercetin is a a so called flavonoid which is found in tea, onions, grapes, and tomatoes.
It is a natural anti-inflammatory that can block histamine's effects before they start. It also works best when taken before the pollen season starts
Another helpful herb is butterbur, which can block the production of leukotrienes that trigger allergic reactions. We can tell you which doses mwork for your child.
Are “allergy shots” worth the money?
In fact,allergy shots or allergen desensitisation (or allergen immunotherapy) is so good we will have a blog of its own about it soon. They work particularly well in seasonal allergies like hayfever. Allergy shots help the body to overcome the immune response and actually prevent further allergies.
Childrensonlineclinic helps you prevent and treat allergies
We are specialized in childrens allergies. Hayfever is so annoying -but there is help.
Each treatment needs to be personalized to your childs needs
Allergies can and need to be treated early in order to prevent chronic disease.