No cure to allergic rhinitis but it can be controlled

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No cure to allergic rhinitis but it can be controlled

Postby dido » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:00 pm

Hi mummies,

I would like to share how I control my son's allergic rhinitis.

Before that, some background info. My son has allergic rhinitis
since 2+. I had tried all types of medication (except nose spray) from
western specialist to chinese tui na.

I have spent so much seeing doctor weekly. Doctor will usually prescribe anti-histamine to make him feel better. Now that he is 5+, I have finally find a way to control it. I had tried for past 3 months, it really helps.

Step 1
Nasal wash - You can get it from Guardian. There is one specially designed for kids. Check out how to use it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNLSqZN_FSw

Step 2
Zytech Drop - You can get it easily from Guardian Pharmacist counter. I gave 5 drops for my 5 years old.

Voila! That's all! Do it when you see signs of allergic attack.

I can differentiate whether it is a flu or allergic rhinitis now. If he did not recover from the above, he probably has a flu.In this the case, I will usually bring him to see a doc.

One last thing, his allergic is getting lesser even since he started swimming. Swimming really helps!

Cheers!

dido
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Postby MLR » Thu Jul 30, 2009 3:06 pm

Hiya dido, thanks for the great tips.

DS has it, got it from his dad. He was hospitalised at 9 weeks old, was on Nasonex and Zrytec (oral)for 6 mths since he turned 26 mo. Due to his conditions, he is very prone to ear infections whenever he has cold/flu. He had 7 episodes since 9 weeks old till he started on Nasonex and Zrytec. Now weaning him off the meds. Had spent $$$ on specialists visits and many days off work.

We hardly ever brought him to shopping centres and yes, swimming and outdoor play does help to build up his immunity.

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Postby Qtownmum » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:27 pm

Both my boys (age 5 and 8) has the same problem, because DH has it too!!! But my elder boy is more serious.

In the beginning, at the recommendation of our family doctor, we gave him oral Zyrtec (5 mls) every night. He took that for almost a year and we got a little worried that he may become dependent on it to get by.

So about 2 years ago, we took him to our usual family Chinese sinseh (Ji Sheng Tang in Upper Thomson Road) and he prescribed the Chinese anti-allergy formula for him. At the same time, we started him on cod liver oil (the original flavour one) and Manuka honey. So the routine will be cod liver oil in the morning, manuka honey with lunch and chinese medicine before bed time.

Touch wood, but after about 1 year of this therapy, he became better. He only gets it again if he gets exposed to extreme conditions, eg. extreme cold or dusty environment. To keep on building up his resistance and keep it from coming back, we continue with the daily cod liver oil and twice a week Manuka honey.

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Postby jnlmommy » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:07 am

Dear Qtownmum,

I also tried cod liver oil for my son (daily for near 3 years) and he is sooooo much better. He only gets sick about once a year :lol:

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Postby Poonie » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:36 am

You might want to try goat milk. I heard that it helps with several conditions such as eczema and sinus. Didn't believe it but I let my kids try it for other reasons. To my surprise my daughter's sinus condition has improved after 3 weeks.

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Postby dido » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:14 am

Hi,

Yes, cod liver oil + Vit C are a must to build immunity.

Acidophilus is another one which I think is important.

Cheers
Dido

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Postby Funz » Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:08 am

Hi for those with asthma or allergy rhinitis, aside from diet, there is lifestyle and environment.

Dust mites are one of the common triggers of asthma and allergy rhinitis. So managing your home environment is important. It helps that in our climate, very few homes are carpeted but we still have to take care of the beddings and other fabrics. Remove excess pillows and preferably, no soft toys in the bed. Use either anti dust mite covers and pillows, wash your beddings in 60 degrees celcius water or treat it with anti dust mite solutions. This goes for fabric upholstery as well. Use a HEPA grade vacuum cleaner and if possible, vacuum the bed and sofa as well, some go to the extent of vacuuming the curtains as well.

As for lifestyle, some will say sleep in non-aircon rooms but for me I feel my kids do better in a nicely cooled room about 22-25 degrees instead of a non aircon room with the fan on. Too cold a room will also result in drippy noses the next morning. Exercising definitely helps contrary to what our parents may tells us. My boy will wheeze a little whenever he runs too much but the key is to let him have his exercise without pushing it to the point of an asthma attack. Over time, we see that he is able to do more and for longer periods without wheezing.

Diet wise, yup, goats milk is known to be beneficial or cause lesser allergies then cow's milk, but my kids don't like it. So it is cow's milk for them. Fish oil also helps with all sorts of allergies, especially eczema. My kids are taking multi-vits and fish oil as supplements and Manuka Honey as well. My take on diet, eat everything in moderation, avoid known food triggers and stay away from citrusy stuff when they get phlegmy. Other then that, they eat pretty much anything, hot, cold, supposedly heaty or cooling stuff, even some junk.

As for medication, we have Sterimar for use when their noses seem choked, and if it gets bad, I have Nasonex which I will use nightly for a week then see if they are better. And of course ventolin inhalers for when attacks do occur.

Myself and my boy are asthmatic, my girl has allergy rhinitis. It is a combination of all these that have helped us in managing our allergies and continue life as per normal. DS has not had any attacks for the past 3 years and DD's nose has been clear and dry for over a year. Yah they get their dose of common cold and flu but in the last 1 year, we have only been to their PD once for flu.

Sterimar Nasal wash can be bought at any pharmacy, Nasonex requires prescription and I get the antimite spray and solutions as well as Nilfisk HEPA grade vacuum cleaner from Allergo. Not cheap but to be able to wake up without sneezing our heads off and to see my kids active and well rested, it is well worth it.

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Postby danneva » Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:33 pm

Hay fever is brought on by airborne allergens. Perennial hay fever is caused by breathing in molds, house dust, or animal dander’s especially those cats and horses. In case you have been affected by hay fever, try to make use of home treatments, rather than running to the doctor (I use these as my first aid med).
*add 1 tsp fenugreek seeds to a cup of water. Cover the cup with lid and let the seeds steep for 10mins. Strain and drink 1 cup daily.
*drink 18oz of hot coffee every morning. Being a powerful decongestant, it will help open up your airways and allow easier breathing.
* add 1-2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water (250ml) and drink it. Consume the drink 2-3 times daily.
*peppermint has been known to help treat nasal congestion. So drinking it once or twice daily will prove beneficial.
*garlic has proven to be quite effective in treating hay fever. Try to include fresh garlic in your diet.
*include lots of protein-rich food in your diet, to build your immunity level and keep infections at bay.

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Zyrtec

Postby janet88 » Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:02 pm

I have a very sensitive nose...sneeze when I smell slightest bit of dust and anything unusual. Cannot use the conventional vacuum cleaner or I'll be sneezing nonstop. So I must have Zyrtec in my fridge.
Son also has sensitive nose, so I have a bottle of Zyrtec for kids.

Funz,
I agree with what you mentioned.
"Use either anti dust mite covers and pillows, wash your beddings in 60 degrees celcius water or treat it with anti dust mite solutions. This goes for fabric upholstery as well. Use a HEPA grade vacuum cleaner and if possible, vacuum the bed and sofa as well, some go to the extent of vacuuming the curtains as well".

I use anti-dustmite/bacteria mattress protectors and non-duck feather pillows. Vacuum cleaner is Kaaracher water-based with hepa filter. No soft toys near sleeping area too.

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Postby janet88 » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:10 pm

Sad to say this cannot be cured...I'm happy and relieved if I don't get hives TOUCHWOOD.

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