One Thing Every Parent Must Understand About Seasonal Allergies
Have you ever noticed that your allergies are worse after a rainstorm?
When our cars are coated with yellow pollen, we look forward to the rain washing it away. But before that happens, pollen particles burst open and release more particles into the air. As rain switches to sun, plants release more pollen, thanks to the quenching drink of rain they received! This means more pollen in the air, worsening allergy-related symptoms and a perpetual state of misery for kids (and adults) with severe allergies. But what about kids who all of a sudden start developing cold-like symptoms? If symptoms last longer than a week, or if they develop a “cold” at the same time every year, they may have seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergies don’t just cause a runny nose. They can affect the eyes, throat, and lungs. Symptoms can include itchy, watery eyes, wheezing, coughing, sneezing, throat tightness and hoarseness. It also includes the presence of mucus (phlegm) and post-nasal drip (a.k.a.: runny nose). Some kids may also experience asthma, eczema, chronic sinus or ear infections and fatigue.
The best way to know if your child has allergies is to have them tested. Your child’s pediatrician can direct this process to help you better prepare for allergy season in the years ahead. Treatments don’t have to include taking antihistamines and decongestants every day during “pollen season.” Many parents are opting for immunotherapy to help their child build resistance to allergens.
What is Immunotherapy for Seasonal Allergies?
There are two types of immunotherapy, allergy shots, and sublingual drops. Allergy shots are the most commonly used form of immunotherapy, but many parents (and children) want a treatment that is effective and pain-free. Sublingual immunotherapy, or SLIT, is similar to the shots in that both contain a serum of natural extracts of the allergen. However, with SLIT, it is delivered under the tongue and not in an injection. SLIT can also be administered from home and is safe for children under five years of age.
If you would like to learn more about shot-free allergy treatment for your child, schedule an appointment with their pediatrician. The first step always includes allergy testing to find the root cause of their distress. Once identified, treatment can begin quickly and relief can be noted in months!