Allergies

Allergy symptoms include: stuffy or itchy nose, or itchy eyes.  Allergies may be caused by reactions to pollens, dust, molds, pets, and sometimes foods.

WHEN TO CALL:

  • During office hours when the treatments listed below don’t help.
  • If you have questions or concerns
  • Anaphylaxis:  if your child has difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth or throat with a new quick onset of hives, call 911 (or use your prescribed EpiPen if you have one).

WHAT TO DO:

Allergy medicines should relieve symptoms of the allergy.  Sometimes it is necessary to try several medicines to find one that will work.  Good over the counter allergy medicines include:  Benadryl, Claritin (Loratidine), Allegra or Zyrtec.  The main side effect of these medications, especially Benadryl, is drowsiness. Prescription medications include oral medications, nose sprays and eye drops.

Eye allergies: If your child has itchy watery eyes wash the face and eyelids with a damp washcloth.  Eye drops such as Visine can help soothe the itching.  Prescription eye drops are also available.  Zaditor is a good over the counter allergy eye drop.

 

Additional Information:

  • pollen allergies commonly occur in the spring, summer and fall. Staying indoors on windy days may help.
  • dust and animal dander allergies are more common when the house is closed up.
  • mold allergies occur during damp periods or in location where it is damp (many basements)
  • call during office hours for additional information on prevention and treatment of allergies.

Call or Visit

  • phone: (616) 243-9515

  • FAX: (616) 243-1815

  • after hours: (616) 776-7401

  • or contact us via the Patient Portal

  • Alger Pediatrics
    733 Alger St. SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49507