Contrary to popular belief, allergies and asthma are not completely different things. In fact, they are more closely linked than most people believe. If your child suffers from asthma and allergies, here are some tips on how you can help them.
Earlier this month, we attended a talk by Dr. Chew Huck Chin, a Consultant Respiratory Physician and Intensivist at Mount Elizabeth Hospital. The talk was at KidZania and was on allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma, along with how it can be prevented and treated.
The talk was part of a series of other talks done in conjunction with KidZania Singapore and Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, to encourage kids and parents to adopt health habits and bring them home.
We’re going to highlight some of the things we learnt from Dr. Chew and hopefully, you will be able to identify the symptoms and get treatment for your child should they suffer from allergies or asthma.
What is Allergic Rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis essentially is the inflammation of the mucous membrane. It happens when you breathe in something that your body is allergic to. This can include anything from dust to cockroaches to mold.
Additionally, we found out that allergic rhinitis can also be genetic. Meaning if you suffer from it, there’s a higher chance your child will suffer from it too.
Seems like almost anything puts you and your family at risk of allergic rhinitis, so how can one avoid and/or treat it?
Diagnosis & Treatment
If you feel you or your child might be suffering from allergic rhinitis, you should head to a doctor to determine what exactly are your allergens. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and he will probably suggest you go for a skin prick test.
This is where a small amount of the substance is pricked into your skin. Doctors are able to determine what your allergens are by observing how your skin reacts to the different substances. You are then able to verify and steer clear of the things that cause your allergy symptoms to act up.
Alternatively, you might want to ask your doctor about allergy immunotherapy. Allergy immunotherapy helps to build your immune system and allows it to better tackle allergens as opposed to you simply avoiding them.
A major plus point being that allergen immunotherapy doesn’t involve needles, instead, it comes in the form of a spray or a tablet. This is great for kids who have a fear of needles and doctors as they won’t have to head to the doctor to have the therapy done – treatment can be administered at home by a parent.
Keep reading to find out about bronchial asthma and it’s methods of treatment!