What is good for seasonal allergies
In the drop, the greater Dallas area experiences “weed season” in which ragweed pollen is one of the most predominant allergens your kids face each day on their way to and from school, or anytime they’re outdoors. An abundance of ragweed pollen this time of year can lead to increased asthma symptoms, rhinitis (hay fever), and worsening eczema skin irritations.
Ragweed pollen can also cause conjunctivitis – commonly known as pinkeye.
Additional seasonal allergens that appear in abundance in the Dallas area from September through November, include:
- Annual marsh-elder
- Spiny amaranth
- Narrow-leaf marsh-elder
- Great ragweed
- Perennial ragweed
- Palmer’s amaranth
- White sagebrush
- Bermuda sagebrush
- Perennial ryegrass
Beyond this list of severe allergens, cedar elm, sugar-berry trees, and alfalfa are among the other culprits that may trigger more moderate allergy symptoms.
If you’re not certain which allergies pose the biggest threat to your children, Dr. Rahimi can test them to discover out.
Make certain everyone is on the same page.
Does your kid understand their allergies and what could trigger them?
Once they’re ancient enough to go to school on their own, you should educate them on their triggers. If it’s a food allergy, assist them recognize which foods are safe to eat and which ones they should avoid. Remind kids not to share food with one another, as they may not know every the ingredients.
It’s also a excellent thought to meet with the school nurse, istrator, and teachers, too. That way, everyone who spends time with your kid at school knows what to expect and how to assist them.
It may even be as simple as letting teachers know your kid may rub their eyes or blow their nose frequently. Letting staff know it isn’t a freezing, but seasonal allergies, may assist them be more tolerant, too.
Allergies are manageable when you understand what to avoid, what to do in an emergency, and how to prevent symptoms.
If you need assist managing your child’s allergies this drop, please call our office to schedule a comprehensive allergy testing evaluation. Or feel free to use our convenient online booking tool.
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Allergy fighting tips
Do you love the grand outdoors, but don’t feel so grand out there during allergy season?
To assist prevent their symptoms from acting up, gardeners, adventurers and outdoor exercisers with seasonal allergies may benefit from planning ahead before engaging in their favorite activities.
By taking a few precautions in advance, people with a green thumb can steer clear of red, watery eyes.
And runners, hikers, golfers, cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts who own seasonal allergies can safely pursue their passions.
«The keys are to be brilliant about allergen exposures and minimize them as much as possible,» said Dr. Sarita Patil, an allergist with Massachusetts General Hospital’s Allergy Associates in Boston.
Patil offered the following seven tips on how outdoor lovers can remain athletic during allergy season.
Know exactly what you’re allergic to
People with allergic rhinitis may be sensitive to specific types of pollen from trees, grasses, weeds and mold spores.
Trees release pollens first, generally from tardy winter into spring or early summer, depending on the location. Grasses typically pollinate next, in tardy spring and early summer. Weeds — such as ragweed, the most common cause of hay fever — pollinate in tardy summer and early drop.
These plants produce large quantities of pollen, and the grains are light, so they can be carried by the wind for hundreds of miles and can be easily inhaled.
Create an allergy emergency action plan.
If your kid has a severe allergy, make certain you own an action plan that you can share with teachers and the school nurse so they know what to do to assist your kid in the event of an urgent situation. For example, if they need an inhaler or an epinephrine auto-injector (sometimes referred to by its brand name EpiPen®) for a severe allergic reaction, be certain every the staff members at the school who spend time with your kid know what to do and how to use them.
Having an action plan in put before it’s ever needed gives you and your kid peace of mind that they’ll get the care they need, as time is often of the essence when it comes to an allergic reaction.
Be capable to identify your allergen by sight
To limit exposure, know the glance of the plants to which you’re allergic, Patil suggested. If you’re a hiker, know what type of vegetation, plants and trees are found in the areas you’ll be heading into. You might decide to either premedicate, by taking a nonsedating antihistamine the evening before or the morning of your hike, or by picking somewhere else to go, she said.
Take medications before going to school.
If your kid gets a runny nose or itchy, watery eyes this time of year, as is common with ragweed pollen, be certain to give them any preventive medications before they leave for school each morning.
Taking allergy medication in the morning can oftentimes assist hold seasonal allergy symptoms at bay for the duration of their school day.
If your kid takes prescription allergy medications, istering them before they go to school whenever possible can assist eliminate interruptions in throughout their day.
Know your child’s allergy triggers and how to manage them.
Nearly 6 million children in the U.S. own food allergies, and seasonal allergies affect about 40% of school-aged kids. Allergies not only get in the way of learning and concentration during a endless day in the classroom, but they can also lead to emergency situations if your kid and their teachers aren’t careful.
Knowing what triggers your child’s allergies and how to manage their symptoms is imperative for keeping your kid comfortable and safe at school.
If you don’t know the exact cause of your children’s allergies, make an appointment with Dr. Rahimi to get them tested as soon as possible. When you know the triggers and the severity of a potential allergic reaction, you can prepare faculty and the school nurse ahead of time and equip your kid or staff members with necessary medications.
Common food allergy triggers include:
- Milk or other dairy products
Other allergy triggers commonly include:
- Tree, plant, and weed pollen
- Pet dander
- Insect bites
While insect bites may not be as common in the drop as they are in spring and summer months, if your kid is allergic to them, it’s always a excellent thought to remain vigilant any time of year.
Any of these triggers can cause symptoms that make it hard for children to stay focused at school.
Once you understand their triggers, you can create a treatment plan that teachers and school nurses can follow as necessary.
You can also be proactive in keeping triggers away from your children whenever possible. For example, most schools own “peanut-free zones” in the cafeteria, so if your child’s nut allergies are severe, you can make certain they don’t come in contact with nuts, while eating lunch at school.
Or, for example, if your kid is particularly sensitive to ragweed pollen, send an additional set of clothes to school so they can change after outdoor recess.