Common Allergy Treatments and Medications for Children
It is not unusual for children to have allergies, whether they be environmental allergies, skin allergies, or food allergies. Fortunately, today’s modern medicine offers many treatment options for a child’s allergy. Patients in Crystal Lake and Elgin, Illinois, can ask Dr. Noga Askenazi and staff, about allergy relief medication that works! At Advanced Allergy and Asthma Association and the Food Allergy Center of Illinois, your child can undergo allergy testing to determine their allergy type and speak to our providers about treatment options.
What Medications are Available?
In the past, allergy medicine obtained over-the-counter at the local pharmacy was a great go-to option. Yet, parents found that these medications tend to make their children drowsy as they often have a sedation effect. Changes in these formulas now allow common medications such as Claritin, Allegra, and Zyrtec to offer non-drowsy alternatives that can control your child’s allergy while keeping them energized and ready to play all day long!
Alternatively, parents who are finding it difficult to maintain their child’s allergy symptoms with over-the-counter options may turn to the team at Advanced Allergy and Asthma Association and the Food Allergy Center of Illinois to determine if prescription allergy medications may be more effective. Prescription options may include Nasonex, Flonase, and Rhinocort Aqua.
Which Medication is Best for My Child?
For some of our children, it may take a few different allergy medications to find the best solution. This may be in conjunction with lifestyle changes, such as staying indoors when environmental allergens and pollen counts are high or taking a shower and changing clothes immediately after spending time outdoors. Children with allergies around the home, such as allergies to pet dander or dust mites, may require extra steps in reducing exposure. This includes more vacuuming and cleaning around the house or air filters around the home or in the areas in which the child spends the most time. By working with an experienced allergy doctor, parents can find the best medication and lifestyle changes to ensure their children are the most comfortable during times of high allergies.
How Does Age Affect the Choices for Allergy Medicine?
Younger children have fewer options than older children. Many parents find solutions like Zyrtec and Claritan as the most effective liquid medication or chewable tablets. Other options include Allegra and Singulair. As children get older, typically around the age of six, they have more solutions available, including pills and antihistamine nasal sprays.
How Do I Learn More About Allergy Medication Options?
Dr. Noga Askenazi and Staff are available at our Crystal Lake and Elgin, Illinois, practice to help parents find solutions for their child’s allergy symptoms. Call the office at (847) 888-8802 to request an appointment at either of our locations at 730 East Terra Cotta Avenue, Suite A in Crystal Lake, or 2445 Westfield Drive, Suite #501 in Elgin. We are open to new and returning patients to our state-of-the-art practice, Advanced Allergy and Asthma Association, and the Food Allergy Center of Illinois.
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