Allergies: act from an early age to avoid complications

Allergies: act from an early age to avoid complications

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On the occasion of the 8th day of allergy, on March 18, 2014, the emphasis was placed on the importance of management from the first symptoms to avoid complications.

The theme of Allergy Day this year is the importance of taking care of the first signs to avoid complications later. Indeed, according to the association Asthma and Allergies, a person takes an average of seven years after the first symptoms to consult and exposes himself to an aggravation of his condition.

Diagnose to better treat

  • Your child has a runny nose, sneezes a lot and has trouble sleeping? It may not be a simple cold but an allergic rhinitis that could turn into asthma over time if you do not treat it. About 15% of children are affected by this hay fever.
  • Your little one has red eyes that scratch him ? It may be allergic conjunctivitis. He coughs at night and "hisses" when he takes a breath? What if it was asthma?
  • In case of doubt, consult your pediatrician. He will refer you to an allergist who will confirm the diagnosis. A treatment can then be put in place.

Prevention rules

While waiting for the diagnosis of the allergist, simple actions can relieve your child.

  • If you suspect allergic rhinitis, rinse his nose regularly with saline, ventilate his room in the morning when there are fewer pollens, wash his hair every day and change his sheets regularly. Also limit outdoor activities.
  • In case of allergic conjunctivitisclean your eyes with saline to remove pollen, put on sunglasses when you go out and make an appointment with an ophthalmologist or allergist. He will prescribe an antiseptic eye drops and a local corticosteroid for the beginning of crisis.

Stéphanie Letellier