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Allergies worse in 2013?

Allergies worse in 2013?

Postby thelommer on Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:21 am

As the weather warms and plant pollination begins this spring, allergy sufferers (my son) are likely to feel worse than in past years. According to my son's allergist tomorrow is supposed to be an Extreme High for allergies!! :cry:

My son suffers from both seasonal allergies and perennial allergies and he's already beginning to suffer even more!

Experts say that an earlier arrival of spring and a longer growing season, along with increased precipitation and humidity from storms, will all potentially contribute to the increased presence and persistence of allergens. Beside the warm temperatures, the general increase in pollutants that is occurring can also make things worse for people with allergies — either by exacerbating health issues such as asthma (which my son also has), or because ozone and carbon dioxide may lead to increased pollen production and an increase in allergic material in the pollen grains.

These are the tips that our allergist have given us to minimize pollen exposure:

Keep windows closed to prevent pollens from drifting into our home (so we have to utilize our A/C more so we can jack up our electric bill
Minimize early morning activity
Keep car windows closed when traveling (which I usually do anyway as it messes up my hair
Stay indoors when the pollen count is reported to be high, and on windy days when pollen may be present in higher amounts in the air (I guess he's never had a 7 year old boy and he must not live close to neighbors that have kids outside playing all the time)
Take a vacation during the height of the pollen season to a more pollen-free area, such as the beach or sea (well I hope we win the lottery so we can be gone all the time)
Avoid freshly cut grass and mowing the lawn (we have the lawn mowed in the morning when our son is at school)
Machine dry bedding and clothing. Pollen may collect in laundry if it is hung outside to dry (I machine wash and dry it all)

It's soooooo difficult having a child with extreme allergies and I feel so bad for our little guy!!!!
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Re: Allergies worse in 2013?

Postby sashamae on Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:49 am

I have had seasonal allergies all my life and they have always been horrible until last year. I found that taking local honey daily (starting before allergy season) and having an air purifier helped greatly. I was able to do more than I have ever been able to before outside! I actually only ended up going through 1 box of Claritin D last season where normally it would be several!

It worked so well for me last year I plan on doing the same thing again this year. I am so happy that I was able to find the local honey at the Overland Park Farmers Market, it is now the only honey that we use for anything in our house.

I would say that all of the tips that you got from your doctor are good ones, they seem like common sense to me since I have had allergies since I was 4 and my parents moved from the city to a farm.

One other great vacation spot at least for me is Colorado! My allergies didn't bother me at all when I was in Colorado. Hope that your son finds so relief!!
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Re: Allergies worse in 2013?

Postby JoLynne on Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:19 am

It has been a bad year for allergies. I'm allergic to the trees that bloom early in the spring before it even looks like anything is blooming yet and have been suffering with allergies for weeks now. It's just beginning to resolve for me for the season.
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Re: Allergies worse in 2013?

Postby thelommer on Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:46 am

Sashamae - How much local honey do you take daily as I want to give that a try for my son? And do you mix it in a drink or what?? You stated you bought it at the OP Farmers Market, correct? Do you know when in OP they do the Farmers Market as I'm in Olathe, but I will go to OP definitely to get some if it may help him!!
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Re: Allergies worse in 2013?

Postby sashamae on Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:52 am

I don't know the exact dosage that you are 'suppose' to take, but I do a teaspoon (from the spoon drawer not a measuring one) each day. (I have found websites that say you should take 2-3 teaspoons a day.) I like honey so I just take by the spoon like you would a cough medicine (which honey also works great for).

Our honey came from Heartland Honey and it has a phone number of 913-856-8356 on the bottle. (They are from Spring Hill, KS.)

Last year the price for 48 oz was $15, I wouldn't think it would go up to much over the winter.

I have never been to the Olathe Farmer's Market, but they might have it there as well. I have only went to the Overland Park one that is in downtown Overland Park (by all of the neat little shops). http://www.opkansas.org/apps/Things-To- ... ing-Supply

I hope that you can find something for your son, I remember being very miserable at that age. Not being able to go outside and play and all. I don't know if your son sees a regular doctor or a specialist but there are lots of great ENTs in the area and some of them do the allergy shots that help a lot of people. And if he hasn't been tested to see what he is specifically allergic to there is a new test that they just take a tube of blood and test for the most common things. I found out the only thing I am allergic to is ragweed and it was much easier to just give some blood them let them do the skin test! (I have had the allergies since I was 4 and treated them from ragweed, but was always curious . . . turns out me pediatrician was right, just ragweed and nothing else!)

Good luck with your son!!
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Re: Allergies worse in 2013?

Postby momonnet on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:49 pm

If he's done outside, don't wait until night before he takes a shower. Do it when he is done to get the pollen out of his hair and put the clothes right into the washing machine.
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Re: Allergies worse in 2013?

Postby thelommer on Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:07 am

Thanks!!

Yes he sees an allergist and has done shots, plus several prescription medications and he has an ENT as well that has done 2 sinus surgeries on him to try to help clear this up :(
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Re: Allergies worse in 2013?

Postby mighty on Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:29 am

Poor baby! My DS has allergies and asthma, so I know what you're going thru. The only thing I'd add to your doctor's advice would be to keep your son's bedroom VERY clean. Our allergist recommended hardwood floors, no stuffed animals, no pets allowed in his bedroom, allergy covers for his mattress and pillows, and washing his sheets and pillowcases once a week in hot water. All of this is because you spend 8+ hrs/day in your bedroom, and that became his "safe" room, allergy-wise. We used an air purifier, too. I found the allergy covers at Sears, not too expensive.

I don't know what your son is allergic to, but if his system was reactive enough that he needed shots, I know it may be a number of things. My son and I both had the shots, and still take Allegra during allergy seasons (springtime, with budding trees and grasses, and ragweed season in late summer/fall).

My son "outgrew" his asthma, which I didn't know was possible until his allergist told us it was true. We had worked very hard to avoid the triggers for asthma attacks, kept his on his meds religiously, followed what his MD said to do, etc.

I know it's tough, but it sounds like your son has a good mama who will help him get thru this!
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