Daily antihistimines???

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After reading the responses to my post last night about reactions over time I started thinking...

Our allergist wants me to keep Matthew on daily Zyrtec to help keep reactions at a minimum. He had been on it since 8 months to help with environmental allergies which were producing lots of fluid in the ears and thus lots of ear infections (he's had tubes twice now and is only 21 months).

He might not be reacting to small exposures this way which is good and bad. If I am not seeing reactions I am not removing unsafe items from his diet. So is the daily antihistimine going to create a false sense of security and make us have too wide of a comfort zone??

Could this be a problem or am I thinking too much???

Is your child on daily antihistimines??

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On Feb 23, 2007

My son Jake, was on Zyrtec from age 8mths up until just last summer. His brother Carson was on Zyrtec from age 6 weeks until last summer as well. I decided(personally) to take a break, once allergy season(seasonal) was over....

for Carsn, I was told his reflux could actually be worse because the Zyrtec relaxes the muscles(esophogus, stomach, intestines)....so after much thought, we took a break. The boys seemd the same, honestly, I didn't notice any worse allergies then when they were on it(and we still have the dog). It will be spring here soon, so I will use it if they start sneezing and such, then back off again once things settle down. As for food allergies, it may or may not help with mystery hives, they would get them weather on it or not, so for me....I think a break now and then is good(my opinion, for my kids only).

For seasonal allergies, Flonase has helped way more then Zyrtec anyways(very bad rhionitis). If we go to my moms though(she has 3 cats and a dog) I give the boys Zyrtec....when I know they'll be around environmental allergens, I give it. Just not on a daily basis.

------------------ Chanda(mother of 4) Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma) Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma) Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig) Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

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On Feb 23, 2007

Our allergist persuaded us that daily dosing was absolutely best in a highly atopic kid (like mine)...

his reasoning was that DD is [i]very[/i] clearly at extremely high risk for developing asthma, and a few studies have shown that a daily antihistamine (one of the newer ones) that keeps environmental symptoms to a bare minimum can actually [i]prevent[/i] allergic asthma from really taking off. So far so good there. We notice a huge difference in how reactive DD is, too... far fewer mystery hives, wheezing episodes, less trouble with her eczema, etc. She has not had an ear infection since we put her on it.

Allergist is also an asthma specialist, I should add. I didn't just take his word for it, though. He showed me studies and talked to me about what he had personally seen during the experiments. I investigated the safety record of zyrtec before we began using it daily... it has a long track record and is [i]VERY[/i] safe for long-term use. We relented when she was 18 months old-- she's 7 now and the only time she takes a break from the zyrtec is for SPTs. The nasal steroids and singulair we save for pollen season (March-Aug).

We look at it this way... there is very little that you can actually do to alter the "allergic march" in kids like mine. Immunotherapy and preventative maintenance meds are about it, really. We want to do everything we can. I don't like pharmacological intervention, generally speaking (ironic, really) but there is only so much you can do through lifestyle adjustments alone.

And zyrtec doesn't mask symptoms well enough that DD could EVER get away with eating something she shouldn't have. Plus, you can still give benadryl if you need to.

On Feb 23, 2007

I'm on claritin (loratidine) from my first bad episode of hay fever from that time every year. I will also take it if i am likely to encounter cats.

On Feb 23, 2007

My son takes Singulair and Clairtin every day. I am on the same page as Corvallis Mom...my son's is very allergic. He has has several reactions that we cannot figure out (we stopped trying except for the severe reactions). I don't really worry about it masking his symptoms. I think the antihistimine help his body recover from a reaction quicker. If he is going to have a serious reaction, the antihistimine is not going to stop it.

My son does not seem quite as reactive since the antihistimines were started. We also deal with a doctor who specializes in the treatment of asthma. So far my son's asthma has been controlled to only difficulties when he has a cold or if he has been exposed to an allergen. I think this would not be the case if he was not on his daily antihistimines.

On Feb 23, 2007

My son is also on Singulair daily and Claritan daily from April-October. He has been much better allergy wise with the daily dosing. Our allergist suggested that because he also has mild asthma, we had better be proactive and keep him on it rather than waiting for a problem and then starting the medication.

On Feb 23, 2007

I take a daily antihistamine - and I have tried them all, one month after another.

I don't really notice much of a difference if I take it or not, symptoms always there. It's supposed to be helping my dustmite allergy, but I'm thinking there must be something else too, otherwise I'd expect to feel more relief. ( I do all the things one is supposed to do for dustmite prevention.)

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