Running Like a Faucet-Allergies

1 May

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It seems like everyone in Abilene has allergies…people who have never struggled other places move here and their noses start running like crazy.

So, how do you know if your child is suffering from allergies?

Here are the symptoms:

  1. Sneezing
  2. Runny nose
  3. Nasal congestion (“His nose is stuffy and runny”)
  4. Nasal itching

Most adults will do the adult thing and blow their nose when it gets runny.  Unfortunately, kids just usually do that really annoying throat clearing sound and then swallow that huge loogie down just to get on their mom’s nerves.

I had to look up loogie in the urban dictionary to get the spelling and like the definition enough I thought I should share it: “a large slimy glob of spit, mixed with nose snot, that is formed by coughing up and hocking whats in your throat. cooks in restaurants are notorius for making secret deposits on patrons food.”  Let’s hope the cooks at our restaurants don’t have allergies…

Another annoying thing kids (and adults) with allergies do (me included) is find a clever way to manipulate their tongue so that it can scratch their itchy throats and palates.

So, what options do we have for treating allergies?

Not medicine:

Avoid time outside when specific allergens are high- I find this to be difficult for most families. The times that allergens are high are the times that most families want to be outside…

Saline nasal rinse-This will at least flush the congestion out so your child can eat/sleep.  If you want to use the shotgun of the nasal rinse ammunition, go with the Neti Pot.

Humidifier-Running a humidifier at night will keep nasal passages moist and air flow as smooth as possible.

Medicine:

Antihistamine-I recommend Zyrtec because it’s given once a day and can be used after 6 months.  Some other popular brands are Allegra and Claritin.

Singulair-If a patient is unresponsive to an antihistamine my usual next step is singulair.  Singulair works very differently from the antihistamines so it can be given together with them for an added benefit.

Nasal steroid sprays-Nasonex and Flonase, etc are considered the gold standard (best) treatment for allergies and are often life savers for patients with severe allergies.

Allergist-If all else fails and the allergies are severe enough that they are affecting the child’s life (poor sleep or school performance, etc) then a referral to an allergist could be in order.

So good luck with your allergies this year…this crazy up and down with the weather isn’t helping anyone!

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One Response to “Running Like a Faucet-Allergies”

  1. Brandy Shaw May 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Justin – what age do you normally recommend the nose sprays? We have tried Zyrtec, Claritin, and Allegra on Ryan. Zyrtec does nothing and the other 2 work decent – but I am really curious about the nose spray and when that might be an option. We have seen an allergist too. Poor kid has terrible allergies.

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