- 40 – 50 Million in USA have allergic rhinitis
- 10-30% of adults have allergic rhinitis (49% under age 35)
- Almost 40% of children miss some school each year due to allergies
- Allergic rhinitis accounts for 12 Million doctor-visits per year
- 55% of those with sinusitis have a history of allergic rhinitis
- 95% of those with asthma have rhinitis
I am not a big fan of antihistamines for children. I prescribe topical nasal steroids reluctantly, but I do use them. The BEST treatment to achieve long-lasting immune modulation* is immunotherapy for allergies. Traditionally, this involves injections. ”Allergy shots” are not usually popular with children. I will be reviewing sub-lingual immunotherapy (drops under the tongue) as a possible alternative in an upcoming post. See you here.
If your little monkey has allergic rhinitis, you might want to take a look at prior post on Controlling Allergic Rhinitis.
* The goal of “immune modulation” is to stop your immune system from recognizing the allergen – the thing that causes your immune response – and causing the allergic response. The goal is to get your immune system to tolerate the allergens.
As always, thanks for visiting, and see you here again soon. I appreciate your comments and questions. Keep ‘em coming. Continue to “be excellent to one another.”
Best of health and success to you and your families.