Dr. Nevin Wilson, Pediatric Allergies and Immunology, University of Nevada School of Medicine
It’s no secret allergies can make you miserable. The runny nose, itchy eyes, and chronic sinus infections can be unbearable. Now imagine dealing with these symptoms as a child.
There are a variety of treatment options for children that cannot only eliminate some of the allergy symptoms they feel every day, but some may also help get rid of the allergy altogether.
Avoidance – When a child has an identified allergy, one of the best ways to combat symptoms is avoidance. Parents who have children with a known food allergy should carefully read labels and ensure their child isn’t eating that food. Indoor allergens, like dust and pet dander, can also be minimized. This can make a significant difference especially with children who are living with asthma, eczema and nasal allergies.
Medical Management – There are a variety of medications on the market that can greatly lower the effects felt from allergies. Once a child has been identified as having allergies, we typically suggest a non-sedating antihistamine for their child. Examples of these medicines include Allegra, Zyrtec and Claritin. Low-dose nasal steroids like Nasonex and Flonase also greatly reduce inflammation in the nose, making it easier for a child to breathe.
Allergy Desensitization (Shots)– While no parent wants to put their child through another round of shots, allergy desensitization has proven successful for the most severe cases. This process entails injecting the child with small amounts of the allergen in order to help build their tolerance. Eventually, the child should no longer be allergic to what was causing their allergic reactions.
It is important to note that parents should work with a physician before giving a child any medications to treat allergies. Dosages may vary depending on the child’s size and the severity of the condition.
To make a physician appointment and learn how best to treat your child’s allergies contact 775-982-5000 or use the Find a Doctor link on renown.org.