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Old 04-21-2008, 06:38 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Berry, I am so sorry to hear your family is having allergy problems. As you know, I grew up here and my whole family has allergy problems - as in both my parents, my sisters, and all the g/children.

When I lived in Kansas, I didn't have allergy problems like I have here. My DH never had an allergy problem til he started spending time in NC.

I have had a really bad season this year. I had a bad time the first Spring when we moved back and have done a little better since then, until this year.

You may find that taking your son to an allergy specialist is going to be the only way to really get him on his feet if this continues.

For adults, it is easy enuff to get Sudafed (behind the counter) and Benadryl. If Benadryl works for your son, just remember that addresses the allergens but it does not address his symptoms (drainage, sore throat, etc) So that is why you need a decongestant. Sudafed hypes up some kids so just be aware.

I recently checked out the efficacy of using Sudafed and Benadryl as opposed to the "new" drugs . . . and that regimen is still considered as effective (if not more effective) than other prescription choices. The pharma industry doesn't publicize that as they want you to buy their newly patented designer drugs, but just FYI - if you read the reports, you will realize the two old standbys are just as good (now if you/your son experience side effects - such as hyperactivity - it may mean you will want to use a newer drug).

Here is what I use: get "natural tears" type eye drops to keep eyes washed out. Pollen does get in eyes. This will soothe the eye and keep them moist. When taking a decongestant, it can also make one's eyes dry. So be sure to get the natural tears. This type of eye "wash" has no other chemicals in it like Visine, etc. does.

If you are having your son take a shower every morning, change to taking a shower and washing hair every evening - to make sure all pollen and allergens are out of hair and off skin b/f going to bed. Wash every item of clothing every day - wh/ means if he has a hoodie he likes to wear, you have to wash it every day (or rotate items so he has a freshly washed sweater or hoodie each day).

These small things should help. Change your filter in your house every 2 weeks. This can be expensive but you don't have to do it but for a few months. We use the more expensive HEPA filters but it it worth it.

I hope this will help alleviate some of your son's problems. Good luck and let me know . . .
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:46 AM
 
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My son gets it bad this time of year because of pollen. He actually gets severe nose bleeds from it. He gets his nose cauterized (sp) this week. Nothing like waking up to find your 6 year old with blood all over his face!

He is on zytec and some other meds..... Summer time he is golden!
QC - I am really sorry your son is going thru/ this. If it means anything, I had the same problems - and even as an adult - will get the nose bleeds - and have been thru/ cauterization quite a few times (even had to have my nose packed on four occasions). So I know how debilitating this can be - and how scary for the parents, as well.

My own regimen is to use Vick's Vapor rub in my nostrils at nite - the eucalyptus helps w/ opening the sinuses and the "vaseline" in the Vicks adds moisture to mucous membranes in the nose. If he can't tolerate Vick's, just use plain vaseline or get A&D Vaseline - wh/ simply has the vitamins A&D added to help w/ healing. Also, use a cool mist vaporizer in his room at nite. You may be doing similar things already but just thought I would mention this in case you aren't.

Good luck - Spring will be over soon, LOL!!! If he has allergies to grass (as I do) this may continue through the summer.
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:14 AM
 
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great advice Ani again thank you, what about a Humidifier? I was going to ask about the Throat thing as its itchy he says mine just feels like its closing he is 13 can I give him the Sudefed?
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:33 AM
 
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We were told that Vaseline actually dries out the nose more by the ENT. He recommended using neosporin
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:40 AM
 
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great advice Ani again thank you, what about a Humidifier? I was going to ask about the Throat thing as its itchy he says mine just feels like its closing he is 13 can I give him the Sudefed?
Yes, you can give him Sudafed - just read the directions on the box and always a good idea to consult w/ the pharmacist - he may have a product in mind that would be even better. Also, do keep in mind that for many children, Sudafed can HYPE a kid. So that is why it is a good idea to check w/your pharmacist. I would go ahead and schedule a visit w/ your doc to see if he has better recommendations for a longterm protocol for a child. But for the period til you get in to see the doc . . . at least this is something to try. Your doc can prescribe meds that can target your son's various symptoms.

A cool mist humidifier can be purchased at the pharmacy, usually, and may be available at the big box stores, such as Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart. I think I got my last one at Walgreen's. Unlike the older type of "vaporizers" the cool mist throws out moisture into the room that is NOT heated. Docs started recommending cool mist humidifiers back in the 80s, I think, b/c I switched over at that time for my son.

EDITED TO ADD: I am not a healthcare professional - so do check w/ one . . .

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Old 04-21-2008, 09:41 AM
 
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We were told that Vaseline actually dries out the nose more by the ENT. He recommended using neosporin
Good recommendation. That is what my DH uses, LOL. I laughed at him but he said - look - that will help w/ any bacteria, as well. So I will tell him that his remedy is actually better than mine, Hee Hee.

Thank you, QC!!!!
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:47 AM
 
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Oh, I meant to add - I am no nurse or doc and each person differs and can have reactions, so for heaven's sake, do make sure you ask questions from a certified healthcare professional on such things as meds. I am just telling you what all I have done in the past for myself and my son . . . all meds (even aspirin) have side effects so do consult w/ someone who is a professional b/f taking my - or anyone else's - suggestions!!!!

Berry - don't forget that a lot of pharmacies have "minute clinics" now - so you can take your son by a clinic to get some meds to help him if he has to wait a while to get in to see his pediatrician.

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Old 04-21-2008, 10:03 AM
 
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he has been taking the benedryl but not working, dh said he has given him Sudefed before,for his sinus's so I will try and give him that..if not I will take him to the Doc, he is 13 like I said so I dont normally run to one unless he has a high fever which he doesnt have... he is my child who very rarely gets sick...
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:14 AM
 
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he has been taking the benedryl but not working, dh said he has given him Sudefed before,for his sinus's so I will try and give him that..if not I will take him to the Doc, he is 13 like I said so I dont normally run to one unless he has a high fever which he doesnt have... he is my child who very rarely gets sick...
Well, allergies can be very troublesome, but hopefully - a few adjustments and he will get through this and no more symptoms shortly!!! Spring doesn't last forever!!!!
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:12 AM
 
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My children have been suffering BIG TIME this year. It seems to be a particularly bad year for tree pollen. Hope your son is feeling better! We have all 3 children on a daily dose of Zyrtec which seems to know be helping some.
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