- Try to avoid exposure to any allergy triggers.
- Keep car and house windows closed during high pollen seasons and use air conditioning.
- After playing outside, take a shower or bath and wash hair since pollen can collect on skin and hair.
- Keep kitchens, bathrooms, and basements well ventilated to reduce humidity and mold. Keep pets out of a child's bedroom, and wash cats/dogs weekly to limit pet dander.
- Remove carpets and rugs from a child's room and replace them with hardwood floors or tiles.
- Cover mattresses, box springs, and pillows in allergy-proof covers.
- Wash sheets and blankets weekly in hot water.
- Vacuum floors and dust surfaces weekly.
There are several possible medications that can be used to treat allergic rhinitis:
- Antihistamines (Claritin, Benadryl, Zyrtec, or Allegra) relieve symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes.
- Leukotriene blockers (Singulair) relieve symptoms of sneezing and stuffy, runny, or itchy nose.
- Nasal sprays (Flonase, Rhinocort, Nasonex) relieve nasal congestion, sneezing, and runny nose.
- Decongestants relieve nasal congestion.
- Some children receive allergy shots.
Call The Office If:
- If you want to make an appointment to discuss your child's symptoms.
- The above prevention methods are not working.
- You feel your child may benefit from daily medication.
Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America