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#1 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 04 August 2019 - 07:01 PM

DD has started reacting to something, I presume grass or another environmental allergen. Her eyes are itchy and swollen, she’s got a runny nose and now her body is itchy as well (following a bath). I gave her Zyrtec this morning (first appearance of the allergy was yesterday afternoon, had some then too), and will give some more before bed.

Is there anything else I can do to help her? She’s quite bothered by it at the moment :(

#2 MincePieMasterchef

Posted 04 August 2019 - 07:20 PM

I am very allergic to a particular grass (confirmed by blood tests) and get bad nasal / sinus symptoms leading to illness. I was also getting sore throat, tired, coughing etc. and waking up feeling like I cant breathe.

Unfortunately the grass in question is planted near my work building


I take Zyrtec every day and prescription strength rhinocort (which is just 2x otc strength) and use saline sprays a lot.

Since getting onto this I have not been seriously sick and the symptoms are down 90%. I dont feel out of breath when I wake. I have to take the zyrtec every single day though or it comes back.

#3 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 04 August 2019 - 07:57 PM

I should add DD is 5yo. Anything for immediate relief?

#4 ritten

Posted 04 August 2019 - 08:16 PM

Make sure you take clothes off as soon as you come inside.
Dry sheets/towel and her clothes inside.
Change sheets or at least pillowcase now if it was hung outside to dry.
Shower rather than bath as it helps clear out the nasal passages and clears any lingering grass pollen away rather than sitting in the water with it.
Vaseline around nostril when heading outside to help slow down pollen being breathed in.
Use a barrier cream on skin if playing on grass.
Antihistamines every day.
Keep bedroom window shut.

My family also removed carpet and curtains from my room and washed walls down regularly but I had a dust mite  allergy as well as grass allergy.

#5 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 04 August 2019 - 08:46 PM

Thanks ritten - all clothes dried outside, so back in the machine they go. School tomorrow so at least her uniform was dried inside.

DH is doing desensitisation for his grass allergy, he is allergic to our lawn. Probably good advice for him too!

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