Took my 4 year old to the doctor Thursday because she had a wheezing cough and a fever. I have always assumed she had allergies because she is always itching her nose and sneezes several times (last I counted, 14x) in a row when she wakes up. She has had several ear infections as well. The doctors have always given me an antibiotic for the ears and zyrtec for the allergies, which they did again on Thursday. Unfortunately, this time, her breathing got worse and I had to take her to the after hours care for a breathing treatment and a rx for prednisone, which has seemed to help. She is back to normal now.
When I was at the Ped, I asked if she could be tested for allergies. They said that they don't test for allergies unless we have exhausted treatment with Zyrtec. The reason for this is that it is typically an environmental allergy such as grass or trees and there is nothing you can do for that except for use meds. I asked if there was a possibility that the allergies are food related. She said that food related allergies have different symptoms. I would really prefer to figure out what is causing her allergies rather than use meds on a daily basis. Also, the allergies are year round, so I was thinking they might be more likely to be caused by pet dander (we have a cat and dog) or dust. If that's the case, we could do something about it (get rid of pet) or take measures to reduce dust (change filters more frequently or use a air purifier of some sort).
So, after all that background, is it possible that food allergies present differently when the exposure is chronic. For example, if she is allergic to wheat, and eats it daily, is it possible that she wouldn't experience rash or an itchy throat, but might experience coughing, sneezing and runny nose? If this is a possibility, then I'm going to try an elimination diet with her.
If you managed to get through reading all this, thank you! I'd love to hear your advice/experiences.
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on July 21, 2012
at 08:18 PM
Mandy are the ear infections bacterial? I sure hope so with all the courses of antibiotics. Several courses in a four year old will not be good for her immune system. Please give her hefty doses of probiotics for a while (I personally would give her highish doses for 4 weeks and then taper to a lower dose for months, given her several courses of antibiotics)
Is there is dust mite/allergy protector on her mattress? That is very helpful. Pillows too.
Austin Air makes top notch filters for houses and bedrooms (the junior size) They are very helpful for asthma and allergies. Look into it if you can.
Take good care.
on July 23, 2012
at 08:45 AM
My environmental allergies are far worse when I'm off plan and have been eating wheat for a few weeks. That is one of the things that keeps bringing me back, I hate having a stuffy nose.
HEPA air filters have made a huge difference for my family. My hubby loves cats, but is somewhat allergic to them, and the filter makes it possible for him to live pretty comfortably with our cat. We have one in our bedroom and one in our living room. We can tell when the one in our room accidentally gets turned off because everyone wakes up stuffy.
on July 23, 2012
at 02:11 AM
I have food allergies and they manifest as full/plugged ears, sinus drainage and, sometimes, itchy eyes. Fortunately, none of mine are life-threatening food allergies. I also get a tight chest/wheezing from wheat - the sinuses and full ears are sometimes from gluten, but mostly from dairy. Have you tried removing all gluten and dairy from your daughter's diet?
on July 22, 2012
at 11:45 AM
find a different doctor.
"they said that they don't test for allergies unless we have exhausted treatment with Zyrtec"
bc giving someone a pill is so much easier than actually finding out the root issues.
on July 22, 2012
at 05:16 AM
Wheat exacerbates my allergy symptoms - someone pointed out once that wheat is a grass, and I am allergic to most grasses. I get the same or worse symptoms fom corn. Milk causes chest congestion fot me.
Also, research cross-reacting foods (I wish I had a picture of the poster that hangs at the allergy clinic I used to go to - it listed a lot of not-so-well-known cross-reactors, including a lot of fruits).
on July 21, 2012
at 01:38 PM
Yes, it's a possibility. An allergic reaction is an allergic reaction. Sensitivities are a little harder to identify, but either way, eliminating foods that may be problematic can't hurt. Personally, I have several food allergies and sometimes the first obvious sign is a sore throat and stomach ache from sinus drainage. There are other allergic reactions going on in my body before this, of course. I am just less aware of them.
It's sad that you'd be told to let a little one suffer through so many bouts of this.