Hay Fever

Hay Fever

Dr. Rebecca Butler is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is proud to be a resident of Lantana and the owner of Lantana Pediatrics. For more information on Dr. Butler or to schedule an appointment, call 940.455.7200.



Spring has sprung and allergy medications and tissue boxes are filling your shelves. I am sure you are tired of hearing about and suffering from one of the most common ailments, hay fever.

One way to tell the difference in a common cold and seasonal allergies is the duration of symptoms. Cold symptoms typically last 7-10 days and then gradually resolve completely. We may get several different cold viruses in a row that can prolong symptoms and confuse the picture even more. Seasonal allergy/hay fever symptoms persist for months and can sometimes be complicated by sinus infections and contribute to poor quality of life. With cold viruses your child may experience fevers, body aches and pains that are more characteristic of a viral infection.

How do we help our children who may suffer??

The best way to combat hay fever is to avoid the particular allergen but, at certain times of year, that may be impossible. Having allergy testing done to determine specific triggers can be helpful in avoidance therapy. This is not always possible so here are a few things you may do if you know your child is allergic:

-Keep your child indoors on days that are both dry and windy
-Don’t ask your child to do yard work or other outside chores during peak allergy seasons
-Remove and wash clothing that your child has worn outside
-Have your child shower or bathe when coming in from outside
-Keep doors and windows closed when pollen counts are high (check your local weather) and use air conditioning to keep your car and home cool
-Change air filters regularly
-Avoid opening windows and keep the humidity low (<50%)
-Invest in a HEPA filter Vacuum and use it often
-Use a damp mop once weekly on all hard floors and a damp cloth on all hard surfaces

Because hay fever is so common, there are plenty of medications available to treat its symptoms. If high pollen counts are in the forecast, start giving your child allergy medications before symptoms begin. Medications to treat hay fever symptoms include:
• Antihistamines – Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra
• Decongestants – Afrin and Sudafed (age specific)
• Nasal steroids – Nasocort, Flonase, and Nasonex
• Nasal irrigation – a squeeze bottle or neti pot can help flush pollens from your child’s nose as well

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