Being a parent is not easy. Right from keeping track of the vaccination schedules, to getting parenting right on various fronts, there are many roles that we play as a parent. As a mum to twins, I have to be doubly sure that I get things right, especially when it comes to allergies.
Both my kids were allergic to pollen when they were little. I had a tough time when I had two sick kids on my hands! It was difficult to calm them, especially because they fed on each other’s anxiety and discomfort.
What are allergies?
Let’s get to the basics first. Allergies are abnormal immune system reactions to things that are typically harmless to most people. When you’re allergic to something, your immune system mistakenly believes that this substance is harmful to your body. (Substances that cause allergic reactions — such as certain foods, dust, plant pollen, or medicines — are known as allergens.)*1
How do you know if it’s an allergy or an illness?
Most of the times the symptoms are so similar that it is difficult to differentiate between them. Take the example of sneezing and a runny nose and a sore throat. This is a classic example that can be mistaken for a cold, while it could also be an allergy. So, I made sure that I educated myself on how exactly an allergy manifests.
What are the different types of allergies?
Allergic reactions range from a mild cough or a runny nose to some extreme cases that may include difficulty in swallowing and breathing. The different types of allergies are indoor allergies, outdoor allergies and food allergies.
There are ways to manage allergies and most of the sufferers can lead normal, active lives with a little effort. However, allergies can last for many years and not all children outgrow their allergies completely.
Allergies are common in places that have high levels of pollution. And since we stay in a super polluted city, one of the most common questions that would run through my mind was, “Can adolescents have allergy relapse in India?”
What is an allergy relapse and why does it occur?
An allergy relapse happens when your child contracts the allergy on a recurring basis. Allergies that are not treated effectively can result in:
- A weakened immune system.
- Making you more susceptible to viruses and other germs.
- Evolving into a sinus, ear, or upper respiratory infection.
As a precautionary measure, it is always advised to undergo a medical treatment when you develop an allergy to reduce the intensity.
What are some of the things to do if an allergy relapse occurs?
It is possible for an allergy relapse even after he is cured. Here are some of the things that you should take care of, to avoid an allergy relapse:
- When it comes to food allergies, the best thing is to avoid that food that causes the allergy in entirety.
- Embrace the outdoors. There is oodles of energy in the sunrays. Take that walk more often than you’d like to so that you can strengthen your immunity levels. However, if you are allergic to an outdoor allergen, take proper care around the time you normally get an allergy, as in pollen season.
- To remove airborne allergens; keep the pets out of the room if you allergic to them and dust your home as often as you can. (Use a mask while dusting)
- Allergies can affect sleep, cause daytime fatigue and impact school performance. Ensure that your child gets medical attention and doesn’t skip medicines.
- Keep a tracker handy. Anytime you notice an allergy, note down what could have been the causes. Tick all that apply.
- Talk to your children to make them aware of the things that they need to avoid if you notice a pattern that causes the allergies.
Allergies can be kept at bay with a few precautions. As in case of my adolescent boys, we have managed to keep their exposure to allergens minimum and consult a doctor whenever there is an allergic reaction. Their allergies are well managed and their lives happy and healthy.
Know more about allergies and their management here.
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