Hay Fever (allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis)
Allergic rhinitis can be seasonal (hayfever) or last all year round. It effects up to 15% of children and can start in early childhood. As well as being intensely irritating, rhinitis can affect the quality of sleep and as a result will impact on the child’s ability to concentrate and learn.
Symptoms from hay fever can be relentless and teenagers with severe disease run a 50% risk of dropping a grade in their GCSEs if they have bad symptoms. This can be made worse by not being on newer medications and bad cases of hay fever can also affect asthma control, too. It is often poorly managed as the the effect of the symptoms on the child and family are underestimated.
Fortunately, symptoms of itchy, blocked, runny nose and sneezing as well as itchy eyes can often be treated with safe medication together with identification and avoidance of the causative allergen. I can help by diagnosing which allergen is driving the symptoms, offering advice on avoidance and treatment as well as ensuring you are on the most appropriate medication and know how to use it.