Help for Seasonal Allergies

Ask the Experts by Milind Pansare, M.D.

Q: My son has seasonal allergies and this year has been particularly rough for him. What are some things I can do at home to help alleviate his symptoms?

A: According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies are the third most common chronic disease among children and adolescents. Asthma is also a major cause of hospitalization in children and the leading cause of school absenteeism.

The most effective ways to treat allergies are avoidance, immunotherapy involving allergy shots and medications.

The following tips can help prevent environmental allergies which can also lead to asthma:

  • Take allergy medications and shots as prescribed by your physician
  • Remain indoors and keep windows closed when the pollen count is high and on windy days
  • Dustproof the home, particularly your child's bedroom
  • Eliminate, when possible, wall-to-wall carpet, curtains and down-filled blankets or pillows
  • Wash bedding, curtains and clothing often and in hot water to eliminate dust mites
  • Keep car windows closed when driving
  • Dry clothes in a dryer instead of hanging clothes outdoors which can cause laundry to be coated with pollen
  • Use a dehumidifier in damp areas of the home but clean it often
  • Have your child wear a face mask if playing outside when the pollen count is high
  • Prepare ahead for seasonal allergies. Start taking medications and nasal spray two to four weeks before the season begins

Dr. Pansare discussed these tips and more at a recent Family Center Ask the Experts talk. View the video here:

Milind Pansare, M.D., pediatric allergy and asthma specialist on staff at Children's Hospital of Michigan DMC, specializes in the treatment of allergy and asthma. The Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Division at Children's Hospital of Michigan DMC has a long history of excellence in care for asthmatic, allergic and immune deficient children. For more information or to schedule an appointment call (313) 745-KIDS or (888) 362-2500. Children's Hospital of Michigan DMC is a member of The Family Center's Association of Professionals.

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