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Hay Fever

Hay fever

Hay Fever is one of the commonest allergies in the UK. Nine million of us are familiar with the runny nose, sneezing, headaches, watery eyes, itchy throat and breathing and sleeping difficulties that can last throughout the summer.

Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen – the spores in grass, trees, weeds and other plants. In sufferers, the body mistakes the pollen for a virus and tries to fight it off, giving rise to all those unpleasant symptoms. However, it is not an especially common condition in young children, and symptoms don’t usually start to show until kids reach their teenage years.

Since some of the symptoms of hay fever are associated with other diseases, such as asthma, if you think your child is affected you should see your doctor so that these can be ruled out. A key indicator that it’s hay fever (rather than a virus) is the length of time your child suffers the symptoms. Hay fever season is March to October, and the symptoms will last for weeks or even months. It’ll be worse on hot, breezy spring and summer days and recede once the winter comes.

If your doctor diagnoses hay fever, your child will be prescribed antihistamines, which usually come in pill form but are also available as a liquid. Antihistamines effectively treat most of the symptoms, but there are a number of other things you can do to minimise the impact of hay fever. Keep an eye on the pollen count in papers and on the net. On days when it is high (over 50), kids will suffer less if they stay indoors with the windows shut. An air filter in the house will reduce the level of pollen inside. Rubbing a little Vaseline around the inside of the nostrils will prevent kids from breathing in pollen. The condition will be worse in fields, gardens or anywhere where there is a lot of pollen, so it’s helpful to keep kids away from these ‘danger zones’, and to make sure they themselves know what sort of environments to avoid.

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hi my daughter recently had gardsil vaccine and within 24 hours she developed a continues sneezing followed by q cough repeated every 2 to 3 seconds the doctor doesn't think its linked to the vaccine but my daughter was perfectly healthy prior to receiving the vaccination





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All year round i have hay fever, i also have asthma and exmatha, in the summer my allergies react and i have been to the doctor and the asthma clinic and nothing seems to help. If i got a cold it would stay with me for about half a month and is hard to get rid of. I wish i could go on the grass with my mates and stroke dogs and other animals, my cream seems not to work and their is nothing else, pleasee helpp!! :(





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im 13 and have inherited allergic ranites from my mum, (hayfever all year round) and i am also allergic to furry animals like rabbits and guinnea pigs, please, does someone know how to get rid or my allergies so i can hug my pets again? xx





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my 2 year old son gets a lot of dry skin round his nose like hes got the cold but he hasn't got a runny nose so i don't no what it can be and it smells like bad breath. at first i thought it was his breath but its actually coming from his nose. i dont no what to do





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MY 2 YEAR OLD GIRL WONT USE HER POTTY WE HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR SO LONG SHE NOS WHEN SHE IS GOING TOILET WONT WONT USE HER POTTY HAVE YOU GOT ANY ADVICE THANKS XXXXXXXXXXXXXX





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my grandson has had tests saying he is allergic to dust mites and dogs the results were 0.6 to both is this high and is what is the best treatment .





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my 2 year old daughter has two dry patches on both of her cheeks. they look quite sore and i have tried e45 cream to see if it is just a case of dry skin but it doesnt have seemed to have helped. natalie





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you should try puting neosportain or some anti biotic cream


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Hay fever is a type of allergic rhinitis caused by pollen or spores. Allergic rhinitis is a condition where an allergen (something that causes an allergic reaction) makes the inside of your nose inflamed (swollen). Read More »