The Pollen, It Persists
Dear God, will the pollen never stop?
Spring brings me nothing but contradiction, as I simultaneously yearn for hay fever season to end for my allergic kid’s sake and wish to hold summer off for as long as possible.
I love summer, I really do. No one gets very sick around here, and my Asthma Girl gets to stop her maintenance meds. No pollen = no runny nose for her sister. And is there are parent alive who doesn’t appreciate the reduced laundry load that is shorts and tank top weather? Plus, this is the beach we go to at all the time:
Don’t be. Or at least, temper your jealousy with the knowledge that late July and early August means 100+ heat index and no one here–I mean no one–goes outside unless they’re getting into a large body of water somewhere. This part of Florida is the very last place you’d want to be in late summer.
But mainly I dread the start of summer because it’s our longest season. Even the beach loses its luster when enough time passes and enough humidity soaks the air, and August feels as tedious to us as February does to my more northern neighbors. That nice warm sunshine gets real old after four months, especially when it starts burning the grass.
So I want spring to stick around, only without all the pollen in the air. You allergy sufferers know the feeling I’m sure, the way spring’s breezes aren’t very refreshing so much as they are pure misery for your nose, tear ducts, and throat. In fact, that’s why I’m asking for your help.
I’ve got my 6 year-old’s allergy medication prescription for desloratadine in front of me, and I’m wondering: should I call in the refill and start her meds up for the season or should I make an appointment with the pediatrician to talk about a low-steroid nasal spray instead?
Some facts you need:
1. This prescription usually works okay, but sometimes she winds up with an ear infection despite it.
2. Her stomach tolerates no other oral antihistamine so far.
3. She has bad nasal symptoms but also gets the occasional weepy allergic eyes, and I’m fairly certain the nose spray wouldn’t help that.
4. I’d rather not put her on both if I can help it
Anyone who knows more about hay fever than me–and that’s probably all of you–do you have a preference for your allergies or your kid’s?
Do you stick with oral meds or use the sprays? Does one work better than the other? Any major differences in side effects?
An Asthma Mom really wants to know.