Itchy, drippy and scratchy…here comes the pollen!

A message from our doctors:

Seasonal/Environmental Allergies:

Well if you hadn’t guessed it from the yellow plume of pollen in the air and thick film on your cars, it’s that time of year again!   It crept up on us a bit early with such a mild winter, but the spring pollen is here to stay for a little while.  The trees, grasses, weeds, and flowers are blooming, and with that comes itchy, drippy noses, sneezing, and red watery eyes for many of us. Fortunately, there are great remedies that can help alleviate some of these uncomfortable symptoms. 

The first thing to do is “avoidance”.  The less your children are exposed, the less bothered they will be.  On days with extremely high pollen counts, they can spend less time outdoors (record highs right now >9000 particles of pollen per cubic meter of air!).  You may be tempted to open the windows with these warmer temperatures, but perhaps you should hold off for a few weeks if you have allergic family members. 

There are some great over-the-counter (OTC) medications available.  You can try some OTC antihistamines (i.e. Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra), and these are available in children’s suspensions or chewables, and not likely to make your child drowsy.  Some children’s allergies are going to require additional prescription medication and may benefit from a visit with your child’s doctor.

If you notice a pattern each year with seasonal allergies, the key is, START EARLY!  Next year, before you’re seeing yellow everywhere, and the news reports are telling you about extremely high pollen counts, get started on the allergy medications that your doctor has prescribed.  All of our doctors have a lot of experience and training in treating allergies and asthma and would be happy to see your child to discuss her/her current treatment plan.