Dr. Lisa’s Allergy Prevention & Treatment Tips 2019
Identify and avoid your allergens. Don’t open your window at night if you have seasonal outdoor allergies!
Natural Treatments for Allergies
*Water*!!! – If you are even a little dehydrated, then your body produces histamines which make your allergies worse. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces a day plus extra after exercise (preferably plain filtered water with no sweetener additives).
Saline irrigation with a neti pot or squirt bottle. Use this 1-5 times daily when experiencing any sign of increased congestion or infection. This flushes out allergens you are exposed to.
D-Hist – our greatest natural herbal antihistamine for adults & children (money back guarantee, loading does = 6 per day for 1st week, then 2 daily.)
Ultra Potent – C, our great Vitamin C, take 2 to 3 capsules twice daily as needed (can also take Emergen C). This blunts allergy responses and will help congestion, cough, allergies, and asthma.
Medicine for Allergies
Antihistamines help with the sneezing, itching, runny nose (& can add Sudafed to make the “D” to any of these, but use Sudafed with caution if you have high BP or prostate problems.)
Usually non-sedating: Claritin, Zyrtec, Xyzall & Allegra – available over the counter.
Sedating – Benadryl (best used at night & can add to one above if needed.)
Decongestants: Sudafed, Mucinex
Nose Sprays (help with nose congestion, eye symptoms and ear congestion.)
⋆ ACS Nasal Spray – our silver nasal spray can be used 1-2 sprays up to 3 times daily with no side effects and silver can help with viral infections where no antibiotic can! This nasal spray (pictured here with our Vitamin C and DHist) is a new favorite here at Excell for Life.
Cortisone – takes several days to work and continue daily to see best effect.
- OTC: Flonase & Nasacort
- Rx: Nasonex, Veramyst, Omnaris, Rhinocort
Antihistamine/Other – quick acting and can use as needed
- OTC: X-Clear w xylitol, NasalCrom, Afrin (use only up to 1 week)
- Rx: Astelin & Astepro, Atrovent
- OTC: Zaditor (comes in generic), Naphcon A , Visine A
- Rx: Patenol, Optivar
Rx: Singulair – daily or as needed to help congestion symptoms and asthma/wheezing/cough. If you get this prescribed at your visit, Excell for Life can fill the order here.
If significant symptoms persist despite medicines or if you require medicine daily or if you are suffering recurrent infections, please make an appointment to see us. You may need allergy testing to identify and eliminate your triggers (such as outside, inside, and food allergens).
Advice for Kids with Allergies from Tara Fox N.P. our Expert in Pediatric Chronic Illness!
Here are some oral and lifestyle options that could help minimize allergic symptoms included in an allergies post by Tara on her site https://www.trfpediatrichealth.com.
- Vitamin C
- D-Hist or D-Hist Jr.
- Local honey (specifically for seasonal allergies)
- N-Acetylcysteine (thins secretions)
- Apple cider vinegar (reduces mucous production)
- Probiotics (a large portion of our immune system starts in our gut and a healthy gut can minimize the over-reaction to an allergen)
- Digestive enzymes (minimizes inflammation in the digestive tract)
- Hydration (keep cell working at their full potential and thin secretions, see my Blog about Hydration)
- 7-8 fruits and veggie servings a day (minimize systemic inflammation)
- Possibly cutting out dairy (increases secretions harder for the body to break down as we age)
I know you’re thinking: “There is no way my child will do all of that?! What can we try?”
The idea is to try the least invasive to your lifestyle OR the easiest for you to implement, adding and removing until you reach the desired result. Keep in mind more “natural options” may take upwards of 2 months to notice a difference. Allergic symptoms are complicated and treatment is individual to the person’s symptoms and tolerance. If you try the above with limited improvement, come in! There are other options and we can find the best for you/your child.
MORE ABOUT TARA R. FOX, MSN, CPNP, DNP CANDIDATE 2019
Tara is a Nurse Practitioner with 8 years of experience and currently continuing her education in the doctoral program at Georgetown University. Her areas of expertise include pediatrics and neuropsychiatric disorders stemming from an infectious process, such as PANDAS, PANS, CPAE. She has worked with the University of Arizona to help develop a better understanding of these disorders and improve outcomes. She has spent a majority of her NP career focusing on patients with multisystemic symptoms including working in Washington, DC with infectious disease specialist for 6 years prior to moving to Indianapolis. If your child suffers from one or more of the following, he/she may benefit from a consultation with Tara:
– history of abrupt onset anxiety, OCD, moderate to severe depression, and/or ADHD
– history of tic disorders
– history of aggressive, defiant or developmentally delayed behavior
– bedwetting (unexplained)
– abrupt onset of difficulty writing
– pulling out their hair compulsively
– unexplained change in behavior, particularly abrupt or after infection
– sensory processing issues such as aversion to bright lights, sounds, clothing
– improvements in behavior with ibuprofen or antibiotics