Allergies can cause misery for a child. Fortunately, there is a great array of options to help manage symptoms and allow the child to continue doing the things they truly enjoy. The goal is to lock down a suitable treatment that suits your child’s allergy, their lifestyle, and your finances. At ENT for Children, our team is the allergy management specialist your child and you can count on.
What Is Allergy Management?
Your child’s allergy usually occurs when his or her immune system reacts to certain environmental triggers in an adverse manner. Those substances that could trigger an allergic reaction is called an allergen. When you hear the term atopy, it refers to the inherited or genetic tendency to develop allergic diseases.
With that in mind, allergic management is the process of developing a plan on how to manage your child’s allergic reaction. For example, the steps you need to take when your child is having allergy symptoms. Do you call for help? Do you stay with the child? Or do you send someone for the child’s emergency medical pack that’s located nearby.
It is pertinent that you work closely with your ENT specialist to work out how best to react to mild reactions or severe, life-threatening reactions. This way, you will be able to administer antihistamine at the right time, attend to your child when he or she has breathing difficulty, and more.
What Are The Benefits Of Allergy Management?
An allergy management plan does not only allow you to treat your child when he or she has an allergy reaction. You will also know what important steps to take to reduce your child’s exposure to the allergen.
What Are The Available Options For Allergy Management?
Apart from allergen avoidance and reduced exposure to environmental triggers, below are three other major options designed for allergy management:
- Allergy shots
An allergy shot is designed to reduce sensitivity to the triggers that set off your child’s allergies. This is a therapy that involves injecting small amounts of allergens over regular intervals. The dosage of allergens to be injected also increase from time to time. These shots are known to be an effective solution for seasonal allergies that cause swollen eyes, nasal congestion, and sneezing, as well as life-threatening allergies to stinging insects.
Short-term usage of decongestants usually provides decent symptom relief and can make your child feel better quickly. This option can be used to help relieve blocked or stuffy nose symptoms caused by nasal congestion. If your child has existing health problems, such as a heart condition, it is pertinent that you consult your primary care doctor for a professional perspective before allowing your child to be treated with decongestants. Do note that the excessive use of decongestant nasal sprays can cause irreversible damage to one’s nose lining.
This is a common medication used for treating itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing problems that come with an allergy. Antihistamines also relieve certain food allergy symptoms and hives. Patients who suffer from hay fever are often familiar with chlorpheniramine and diphenhydramine. Those are the earlier versions of antihistamines. While they may be effective, they can leave patients feeling sleepy or groggy. Luckily, the latest antihistamines such as loratadine and fexofenadine are less likely to cause drowsiness at proper doses.
Remember: When it comes to allergy management, you do not need to go it alone. ENT for Children has the experience and expertise to manage your child’s allergy with stellar results!