Air pollution has become a major problem in India with 14 out of the 15 most polluted cities in the world located in the country! In most metros, it manifests as smog and has become a key reason for rising respiratory allergies such as rhino conjunctivitis and asthma.
Such allergies have a severe impact on children and adolescents as they are still developing their respiratory system at this age. Allergic rhinitis is the most common form of allergy that affects kids. Over the last decade, with a continuous increase in airborne allergens, including dust and pollen, cases of allergies among children have increased ten-fold.
Allergic rhinitis shares symptoms with the common colds, such as frequent or continuous sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, runny nose or nasal congestion. Unlike common cold, allergic rhinitis is an over-reaction of the immune system and not a viral infection.
Impact of Allergic Rhinitis on Children
- Difficulty in breathing
- Impaired cognition & psychomotor development
Timely Identification is Critical
- 1 in every 2 persons are uninformed about allergies
- The severity of allergy symptoms further increases due to pollution
- These aggravated symptoms require a sustained treatment
- Keep your indoors clean and dust-free, avoid carpets and soft toys that can easily accumulate dust and other allergens
- Try to minimize the dampness
- Identify causes of allergy for your child, especially during seasonal changes
- Ensure children wear masks while going outside if air quality is bad
- Use clean cooking sources with proper exhaust systems
Newer generation medicines and lifestyle management are crucial to manage allergies.
Seek medical intervention when early symptoms of allergies are detected. For more information on how you can identify and manage allergies in your children, visit http://bit.ly/childhood-allergies.