Before you start any treatment, visit a doctor to be sure allergies are causing your child’s troubles. Once you know he really has seasonal allergies, these quick tips can offer much-needed relief.
Stay Inside. The best way to treat allergy symptoms is to avoid allergens to begin with. So when pollen counts soar, keep kids indoors as much as possible. Pollen is usually at its peak mid-morning, early evening, and when the wind is blowing.
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She'll examine you and ask for your medical history and your family’s allergy history. Then she may do a series of skin or blood tests to see what you have a reaction to. That’ll help decide which treatment you should take.
Or she may suggest a medicine that can help no matter what you're allergic to. They can often help with reactions to pollen, dust, perfumes, plants, or animal dander.
With allergies, your nasal passages and sinuses get inflamed when you come in contact with things like pollen, animal dander, or dust mites. These sprays can make you start to feel better and are often the first treatment recommended by doctors.
Nasal steroid sprays start working within a few hours but may take several days or weeks to take full effect. Make sure you use it every day.
Yes, over time. They help if you’re allergic to pet dander, pollen, dust mites, certain molds, and bee stings. They work by injecting a tiny amount of what you’re allergic to under your skin.
At first, you’ll get shots once or twice a week. That will change to about once a month for some time. Gradually, your body gets used to what you’re allergic to and you start to feel better.
The FDA has also approved three under-the-tongue tablets you can take at home. The prescription tablets, called Grastek, Oralair, and Ragwitek, help with hay fever. They work the same way as shots -- by boosting your tolerance of what you’re allergic to.