Spring season and allergies

Spring is around the corner and what a wonderful time of the year it is as the garden begins to bloom and new born lambs can be seen flocking in the fields.  However this is not the case for a parent whose child suffers from allergies.   Children from a family that have a history of allergies are more likely to inherit the tendency to become allergic.

Allergic rhinitis (most commonly known as ‘hay-fever’) is the most common of all childhood allergies.  These symptoms are similar to that of a common cold and can occur at any time of the year although they are more prevalent during the spring season.  The cause is an allergy reaction to airborne substances such as pollens and mould spores resulting in itchy watering eyes, sneezing and a runny nose which may also become blocked. These airborne substances are known as allergens and many people will not have any form of reaction to them.

The immune system of people who are allergic to pollen type substances, assist by releasing chemicals such as histamine into the bloodstream to fight these so called invaders.  Unfortunately in assisting with the release of these chemical, the allergy symptoms are caused which result in reactions such as the congestion of nasal passages due to swelling and increased mucous production. A doctor may refer your child to an allergist for allergy testing.  This may identify the cause but rarely changes the treatment.  Medicines such as antihistamines, decongestants and nasal sprays may be prescribed to treat the symptoms.

Maybe consider things such as not hanging your washing outside to dry even though the weather is lovely as pollens are in the air and these will settle and cling to washing as it dries.  Keep windows closed especially in the child’s bedroom. If this is not possible, then be sure to close windows by early afternoon as with the approach of evening, pollens start to settle.

Also consider an additional supplement of vitamin C, preferably in mineral ascorbate form with bioflavonoids.  Vitamin C is natural anti-histamine, boosting and promoting a strong immune system which makes it the most important anti-allergy vitamin.

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