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Murderino

My kids seem to be suffering hayfever worse than ever this year - the worst time ever given they’re sent home with cold symptoms.

Children’s Claratyne doesn’t seem to cut it anymore so I’m wondering if anyone can recommend a better hayfever medication for itchy eyes and blocked sinuses?

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Riotproof

The sprays work best. I’d get fess spray and keep going with the claratyne. 

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TheGreenSheep

Nasal spray for blocked sinuses, my kids used Nasonex that the ENT recommended for them, and allergy eye drops from the chemist.

The general advice we got from the ENT was that tablets will work for the overall hayfever, but when it gets to your eyes and nose, you have to use more targeted remedies.

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Bethlehem Babe

Nasonex worked for a while but rhinocort is working now. 
If they don’t work, visit your gp avamys and demista are on scrip. 

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Kiwi Bicycle

The GP said tablets if it's  1 or 2 days a week, for long term it's best to use a nasal spray. DS is using a prescription spray.  If required he gets a tablet top up if he's particularly bad.

Talk to your GP as prescription sprays can be easier to use with kids. DS's is a pressurized container that does a gentle spray unlike the normal pump sprayers.

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Threetwoone

I use nasonex or a similar nose spray. I find a spray works so much better.

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Indi

If you find nothing makes a difference and it is becoming debilitating, you might want to consider immunotherapy.  It is the only thing that has made a difference to DD3.

 

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PrincessPeach

Zyrtec might be worth a trial.

But I echo what Indi has said, if it’s out of control look into immunotherapy - I spent years trialling multiple nasal sprays & none of them worked longer than a couple of months. I still now have to swap between claratyne, Zyrtec & then hit polaramine when it gets bad.

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Ozquoll

My hayfever has been shocking the last few days, thank you all for reminding me to buy some Nasonex! That stuff is da bomb. What age are your kids Murderino? When DS was six I asked a pharmacist if he could start using it for his hayfever - she reacted like I'd suggested injecting him with polonium or something. And yet GPs and Paeds. seem happy enough to prescribe it young children.

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L27

The real way to deal with hayfever is proper sinus irrigation. Nasonex is gentle enough to be used on a daily basis. But part of the issue is that the particles can travel inside and stay in your sinuses to keep it flaring up. I would recommend irrigation once a week. Steaming also helps to calm down active hayfever.

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22Fruitmincepies
2 hours ago, Ozquoll said:

My hayfever has been shocking the last few days, thank you all for reminding me to buy some Nasonex! That stuff is da bomb. What age are your kids Murderino? When DS was six I asked a pharmacist if he could start using it for his hayfever - she reacted like I'd suggested injecting him with polonium or something. And yet GPs and Paeds. seem happy enough to prescribe it young children.

DD’s allergy specialist recommended Nasonex for her dust mite allergy, she is 6yo. It’s been seriously life changing for her. 

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Dianalynch

children's zyrtec or telfast  (liquid) seems to be stronger than children's claratyne (tablet) for DD - agree it's been a shocker of a year 

 

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Green Sage

claratyne is crap, never worked for me. Might as well be a sugar tablet.

Zyrtec is stronger but can cause drowsiness.

Telfast works for me, and is my favourite tablet antihistamine. Not too drowsy, works reasonably well, I’d try this first.

Nasonex is my favourite spray, if they’re old enough to use it. Try this if telfast doesn’t work.

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Murderino

Thanks everyone.

We had fess in the cupboard so she did that before she left as well as two claratyne.

I’ve been working all day but am about to collect from the bus and will drop them home and head into pharmacy to get maybe Telfast and a better nasal spray seems Nasonex might be the go there. 

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PocketIcikleflakes

We switch between claratyne and telfast for the kids. 

Telfast at the moment. DD also has paracetamol at night to help stop the mucus gunking her head up. She's on the list to see an allergy specialist though. She refuses any kind of nasal spray.

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tassiekiwi

Check the active ingredient of the medicines. There medicines will have one of 2 different active ingredients. DD was using one type that was effective with DH's hayfever but did nothing for her. Talked to the pharmacist and they said to try something with the other active ingredient, she was better the next day.

Claratyne has loretadine (sp?) which was ineffective. She now has something with cetrazine in it.

Edit: there are more than 2 different active ingredients to help with heyfever, we just got lucky with the second type we tried. I would try try different brands till you find something that works.

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*bucket*

DS had Claratyne for a while, we started with it because it came in chewable tablets and was easy to take to school camp as they could just give it to him without needing a drink too. Probably started when he was in Grade 5. We found it much less effective after a couple of years (he needed them daily), and he switched to Zyrtec. That helped a lot. But there were still breakthrough days. He won't use a spray (he gets blood noses badly from the cold reliever versions, and can't be convinced the allergy ones will be okay). Because he also has asthma, his paed suggested Singulair, and it has been great. Now he has that daily and Zyrtec when he needs something extra. Both his asthma and hayfever have been much better since starting Singulair, but he has also barely left the house all year (Melbourne). It will be interesting to see how he goes next week when he's back at school and therefore out and about more.

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Kiwi Bicycle
4 minutes ago, *bucket* said:

He won't use a spray (he gets blood noses badly from the cold reliever versions, and can't be convinced the allergy ones will be okay). Because he also has asthma, his paed suggested Singulair, and it has been great. Now he has that daily and Zyrtec when he needs something extra. 

DS had multiple blood noses after I started him on the allergy nasal spray, one made the bathroom floor look like a murder scene. He stopped taking it but it was ok as we were home schooling. I mentioned it to the GP and she suggested wiping a cotton bud with 1% antihistamine cream ( like Dermaid) inside each nostil daily for a week, stop for a week and continue if necessary. We resumed the allergy spray ( as he was going back to school) did one week of the cotton bud thing and stopped and haven't needed to do another week ( and DS was getting blood noses every 4 or 5 days).  Something to keep in mind.

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PrincessPeach
36 minutes ago, *bucket* said:

DS had Claratyne for a while, we started with it because it came in chewable tablets and was easy to take to school camp as they could just give it to him without needing a drink too. Probably started when he was in Grade 5. We found it much less effective after a couple of years (he needed them daily), and he switched to Zyrtec. That helped a lot. But there were still breakthrough days. He won't use a spray (he gets blood noses badly from the cold reliever versions, and can't be convinced the allergy ones will be okay). Because he also has asthma, his paed suggested Singulair, and it has been great. Now he has that daily and Zyrtec when he needs something extra. Both his asthma and hayfever have been much better since starting Singulair, but he has also barely left the house all year (Melbourne). It will be interesting to see how he goes next week when he's back at school and therefore out and about more.

I have a vague feeling singulair is also a partial antihistamine in itself. I know it was explained to me as being good for allergy based asthma which is why it wasn’t worth trialling on DS first off.

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Stuffed Olive
13 hours ago, Dianalynch said:

children's zyrtec or telfast  (liquid) seems to be stronger than children's claratyne (tablet) for DD - agree it's been a shocker of a year 

 

Sometimes just changing the antihistamine makes a huge improvement. I used Telfast (fexofenadine ) which worked well  until last hay fever season when suddenly it didn't work at all.  As soon as I switched to Zyrtec (Cetirizine ) I was fine. I find the Nasonex spray also helps to calm everything down if symptoms have become worse. Last year I had terrible hay fever. I have been taking the Zyrtec this year and have been totally symptom free.  

Disclaimer: I have not been near a Plane tree!

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Sancti-claws
22 hours ago, TheGreenSheep said:

Nasal spray for blocked sinuses, my kids used Nasonex that the ENT recommended for them, and allergy eye drops from the chemist.

The general advice we got from the ENT was that tablets will work for the overall hayfever, but when it gets to your eyes and nose, you have to use more targeted remedies.

Thanks for that info.

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