Statistics show that 6.6 million children have allergies triggered by pollen globally. Identifying early symptoms of pollen allergy is difficult because the condition is associated with signs that could be mistaken for another ailment. As a parent, how do you know that your child has pollen allergy? This article will discuss five common signs of pollen allergy and their remedies.
Signs of Pollen Allergy in kids
If your child has a persistent cough, congested and a runny nose accompanied by sneezing, the chances are that your child has a pollen allergy. What differentiates this cold from the respiratory one is the lack of fever. However, you can seek a second opinion to rule out respiratory illnesses such as asthma.
2. Eyes that are itchy, watery as well as red
The body's immune system naturally responds to allergic triggers by releasing substances as a form of defense mechanism. As a result, a person might feel itchy and sometimes swell. In the case of pollen allergy, for instance, the eye releases water from the tear glands aiming to eliminate any foreign body in the eye. This process is associated with increased blood flow to the eye region making it red. If your kid is scratching the eyes, and notice that they are watery and red as well, then this is a sure sign of pollen allergy.
Is your child complaining of pain in the ear? If yes, this could mean sinus congestion. A substance known as histamine is released by the body during an allergic reaction. Histamine causes inflammation, and if it's not taken care of, the nasal cavity could be infected. Earache is unavoidable in such circumstances, and if your child has this, then pollen might be present in the system.
4. Hives and Rashes
The inflammation response caused by histamine leads to hives and rashes. They could get worse because they are super itchy. Through their self-control, adults can avoid the itching. The same can't be said about children because they will scratch the area if the tingling sensation gets worse. Don't worry; there is a remedy for this. Keep reading.
5. Seasonality of symptoms
As a parent, you have done what you can to boost your child's immune system but still the coughing, and the sneezing won't go away. Does this frequently come up in summer, spring or fall? If yes, then you are dealing with pollen allergy. The symptoms of this ailment are at their peak in these seasons.
Remedies to pollen allergy
* Allergen Immunotherapy
Allergen Immunotherapy also termed as allergy shots is a form of homeopathic treatment. What this treatment does is introducing allergen into the body regularly so that the body can form a defense mechanism against this foreign body. It may not work immediately, but with time the body's tolerance level against this allergen goes up thus decreasing the symptoms significantly.
* Air Purifiers
Most people come in contact with allergies in the air. Your child is vulnerable to them especially if he or she is active. Make use of an air purifier in your home especially in the months of summer, spring and fall to get rid of pollen in the air.
Symptoms such as tingling sensation, hives and rashes are caused by histamine, a chemical compound released by the body during an allergic reaction. Antihistamines lower down the level of this substance in the body, thus decreasing symptoms associated with histamines considerably.
* Raw honey
Honey is loaded with myriads of health benefits. The essentiality of taking it is to improve the immune system of the body, such that coughing or sneezing cannot weigh down your child.
* Stay indoors during peak pollen seasons
As mentioned above, summer, spring, and fall are pollen seasons. These are three out of the entire four seasons in a year. Does this mean that your child will always stay indoors? No! Make use of pollen forecast to know the days with pollen blooms.
Alleviate pollen allergy symptoms with these remedies and let your child be comfortable during a pollen allergy attack.