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Entries in Seasonal allergies (2)

Sunday
Jun022013

FYI: Seasonal Allergies Part II (Treatment Options)

After your child has been diagnosed with seasonal allergies (or if you suspect that is what is the cause of the itchy eyes, sneezing, and runny noses at your house), rest assured treatments are available! Our goal is for your child to feel good and have fun.  We don't want these kids to be sitting inside miserable with a box of tissues.  See below for tips on how you can help your child minimize his symptoms so he can get back to doing what children do best: playing/exploring/learning in the great outdoors.


Treatment of Seasonal Allergies:

    - Oral Antihistamines (Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra):
Oral antihistamines block one of the agents responsible for producing swelling and secretions in your child’s body, called histamine (and most are available over the counter now).  There are three categories of oral antihistamines. The oldest category, the

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Friday
May032013

FYI: Seasonal Allergies Part I (Allergies vs Cold)

This time of year our clinic rooms are full of adorable children with runny noses.  But whether it is seasonal allergies or a virus (upper respiratory infection or URI) such as the common cold) to blame can sometimes be tricky.  Both conditions are VERY COMMON.  In fact, experts estimate that anywhere from 20-40% of Americans suffer with seasonal allergies and we know that children will typically have 8-12 viral URIs per year.  So it is very likely that your child will suffer from one (or both) conditions in any given year. 

So when should you suspect your child has seasonal allergies? If your

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