Here in the Tennessee Valley, there is nothing that says “Welcome Spring” more than the dreaded allergy season and the pollen that comes along for the ride as well!
This is the time of the year when adults and children alike are suffering with watery eyes, runny noses, hacking coughs and we can’t forget the epic sneeze battles! Season upon season, many wonder if medications are their only resolve.
For starters, the use of plain salt water or a saline nasal spray will help with nasal swelling and congestion. There are a number of over the counter oral medications that are available as well. It is important to remember that these medications must be used only as recommended and may have side effects that include sleepiness, dry mouth or dizziness. It is important to note, that while these side effects can occur, oftentimes, they are minimum and dose related.
While allergy relief often requires some form of medication, there are other things we can do to help. A key component to treating allergies is minimizing exposure. If children have been outside playing, once inside, it is helpful to wash off and change clothes to minimize the spread of allergens within the home.
The area of the home where children spend most of their time is the sleep environment. While it can be helpful to use linens specifically designed to reduce allergens, washing linens frequently and wearing inside only sleep attire can be just as beneficial.
The use of window and door screens will also decrease the flow of allergens into the home as well as maintaining clean HEPA filters in air and heating vents. Check those often, especially when seasonal allergies are at their peak!
Finally, it is important to note that simple allergy episodes should not be associated with fever, wheezing, cough that limits activity or swelling. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should be evaluated by your medical provider.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Andrews is a pediatrician from Seattle, Washington and attended the University of Washington before working in Los Angeles, CA and then moving to Huntsville. She opened HAPPI, Inc. in June of 2010 and strives to meet the needs of the community. HAPPI, Inc. now has four locations in North AL.
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