Of all the various types of allergies affecting children, spring allergies can be the most aggravating and uncomfortable. Spring allergies often impact both physical and mental health, reducing a child’s focus in school and at home. Fortunately, Atlanta children suffering from spring allergies can get the help they need with some effective treatment options.
What Are the Common Causes of Spring Allergies in Atlanta?
The most common cause of spring allergies is pollen. Pollen grains from trees, weeds and grass are spread during the fertilization process. Unfortunately, the immune system believes this pollen is a threat and an allergic reaction is triggered. Spring is also a time where dust and mold – often from air conditioning units in the home – cause allergic reactions.
What Are Effective Spring Allergy Treatments for Children?
Limit Allergen Exposure
While it can be difficult, try to limit exposure to the allergen trigger. For example, check the pollen count each day and reduce the time your child spends outside where necessary. Wearing sunglasses and a hat might help prevent the onset of allergy symptoms by shielding the eyes from pollen and dust. Also, ensure your air conditioning unit, carpets and bed linens are cleaned regularly.
The medication your allergist recommends will vary depending on the causes of your spring allergies. Antihistamines often reduce the worst symptoms of hay fever, while nasal corticosteroids reduce inflammation and can prevent sinus infections. There are also various eye drops and nasal sprays that provide relief if your child is experiencing itchy eyes and congestion.
Nasal irrigation using a saline solution is a common approach to clearing the airways and reducing congestion. Steam inhalation is another way to provide relief when your child is blocked up and experiencing discomfort. Speak to your allergist before trying home remedies to ensure they are safe – and that they target the cause of the allergic reaction.
Immunotherapy (or allergy shots) is an effective approach if spring allergies are causing persistent issues for your child. Immunotherapy involves receiving ongoing shots of an allergen in gradually increasing doses. The immune system therefore becomes desensitized to the allergen over a period of months. Subsequently, your child should receive little to no reaction from exposure to the allergen.
How Can You Take Action Against Springtime Allergies?
Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, might be a common condition, but it leads to much discomfort for many children across the country. While parents often think the issue is the inevitability of seasonal conditions, there are treatments available. We recommend you take your child to see an allergist if the symptoms persist. If seasonal allergies are left ignored, it could cause bigger issues that will require an ENT that treats pediatric patients.
We Can Help Treat Your Child’s Spring Allergies
Spring is a difficult time for children with allergies. Dr. Chacko has a number of effective treatment options that will provide relief during this uncomfortable time of year. Make an appointment at one of our locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. Call (678) 668-4688 or request an appointment online.