After a long and difficult winter for many Americans, the spring season couldn't get here fast enough! Unfortunately, with the warming air and beautiful green comes an increase in seasonal allergies, largely because of the influx of pollen in the air and reaction-inducing plant substances circulating all around.
At the pediatric clinic of Nimisha Shukla, MD, the demographic that is one of the most frequent victims of springtime allergies-- children-- can experience full relief from all their runny, stuffy, and puffy symptoms! Because most people with allergies develop them when they are children, being able to treat those allergies early can go a long way towards a lifetime of allergy symptom management.
Some of the most common spring allergy symptoms in children include:
- runny/stuffy nose
- watery/red eyes
- general fatigue
Even if many of these symptoms testifying as evidence for a spring allergy are present in your children, you can help subdue their symptoms by controlling their environment. Take a look below at some of the biggest environmental factors that can exacerbate your children's allergies so you can take action in helping your kids avoid exposure to them:
- tree, grass, and weed pollen
- dust mite allergens
- cockroach and other insect allergens
- mold spores
- dander from household animals
If you have a child who's already been hit with allergies this spring, there are a few treatments Dr. Shukla recommends. The neti pot therapy flushes out their nasal cavities by rinsing them out with a specific solution that's safe and effective. Other common treatments include prescription antihistamines, leukotriene modifiers (which subdue inflammatory chemicals called leukotrienes that get released inside people when they come into contact with allergens), and eyedrops.
While each treatment method has been found to help reduce symptoms such as inflammation, itchiness, and general discomfort that are indicative of spring allergies, some parents prefer to speak with their pediatrician more directly about other possible remedies for halting childhood allergies.
For more information on how your child can conquer his/her spring allergy symptoms this year, give Dr. Shukla's pediatric clinic a call today at (732) 548-3210 for lasting seasonal allergy relief right here in Woodbridge, NJ! And our fax number is (732)906-3966.