The Rundown on Allergic Rhinitis

Is your child always suffering from watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes and nose? He just might have allergic rhinitis. If you or your husband has it, chances are, your child has inherited it. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis may be bothersome but, fortunately, they can be addressed easily.

What Is Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is the inflammation of nasal passageways caused by allergens. Symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and itchy eyes and nose. If not treated immediately, it may cause nasal congestion, coughing, sore throat, and headache. Those who have frequent attacks may also develop dark and puffy undereyes.

How to Prevent Allergies

The only way to prevent allergies is to avoid all allergens that trigger them. Allergens that cause rhinitis often include pollen, dust mites, dust, and dander. Completely avoiding them though is impossible. The best thing you can do is to reduce exposure to these allergens. If pollens trigger your allergies, stay indoors during pollen season. Use microfiber cloth when cleaning your home to avoid dust from spreading through the air. Regularly clean your airconditioner’s filter and if you have pets in the home consider an Air Purifier For Dogs‘ hair. Clean your mattresses and upholstery often and keep the home aerated with fresh air from outside (unless pollen triggers your allergies of course). At home, we use Allercon, a tannic acid spray, to make sure that no mites inhabit our mattresses.


The symptoms of allergic rhinitis can be treated quite easily. There are a slew of nasal sprays, antihistamines, and decongestants available over the counter but it is always best to consult with your child’s paediatrician before buying any of them for your child. Medication would depend on your child’s age, the severity of his allergy, and other medical conditions.

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To give you an idea of the possible treatments for allergic rhinitis, here’s a quick rundown of treatment your doctor may prescribe:

Nasal Wash. This simple saline solution helps remove mucus from the nose. It’s available in drug stores but can also be made at home using warm water(1c), salt(1/2tsp), and baking soda(pinch). My kids and I use the ones in spray form available in drug stores. This may be the only treatment required for mild allergic rhinitis.

Antihistamines. These work well in treating allergies. They come in syrup, chewable tablet, and spray forms. Though available without prescription, always ask your doctor which one would be most suitable for your child.

Nasal Corticosteroid Sprays. These are very effective in treating allergic rhinitis but have to be used for continuous periods. Although they are generally safe for children, make sure to consult with your paediatrician first as steroidal sprays may not be necessary at all. Prolonged use may cause nasal passages to become dry and sensitive though. Alternating it with nasal wash may alleviate this discomfort.

Decongestants. Clogged nose can be addressed using decongestants. They are available in syrup, tablet and spray forms. They must not be used for prolonged periods though. Nasal spray decongestants must not be used for more than three days. Most syrups should only be taken for a maximum of five days. Again, ask your doctor before giving any decongestant to your child.

Immunotherapy. For severe cases, allergy shots may be recommended. Your child will be given regular shots of the pollen he is allergic to. The doses increase slightly until his body is able to adjust to the pollen and the symptoms are lessened.

Allergic rhinitis has become more common nowadays perhaps due to the grave increase of pollutants in the environment. Some outgrow their allergies as their immune systems become less sensitive to allergens while some will need medication throughout their lives. Moreover, medication that has worked before may lose its effect and require a new one. It is always best to consult with your doctor regularly.

NASOCLEAR for Mama Sniffles and Li’l Miss Sniffles

Ah-Chooooo! Ah-Chooooo!  Ah-Choooo!

Since I could remember, this was often how I greeted the morning – with a resounding sneeze totally unbecoming of a petite girl (now a woman) like me. Handkerchiefs and tissues were a must otherwise I’d end up with sleeves all wet and icky. Even the tissue had to be of a certain material as some make my allergies even worse.  Aside from the sneezes and sniffles, dark circles around my eyes are telltale signs of my allergic rhinitis.

The Tale of Mrs. Sniffles and Li’l Miss Sniffles

When I was younger, I didn’t mind the sneezing and the runny nose that much.  But there came a time when the allergies became so frequent and so severe that I had no choice but to take a daily dose of antihistamine.  During my not-so-favorite seasons, steroidal nasal sprays are my best friends.  Although medication and steroid sprays stopped the sniffles, they often made my nasal passages dry.  Plus, the doctor recommends using them only during certain periods of the year.  So when my allergies are tolerable, I just use a nasal sprays that contain only sodium chloride and water.

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Li’l Miss Sniffles doing the allergic salute

When my kids were toddlers, we found out that they had both inherited my rhinitis.  Li’l Jade, my Li’l Miss Sniffles, has the worse of it.  Xyzal, Alnix, Allerkid, Loraped, Disudrin, Claritin – we always keep one or two of these medicines on hand.  Their pediatrician also prescribed us to use saline solution to keep the nasal passages clear.  When they were toddlers, we used Salinase drops.  Now we use nasal sprays which are easier to use on our very active preschoolers.  Just a spray on each nostril and they’re off to go.

NASOCLEAR: Nasal Spray from a Brand We Trust

A few weeks ago, I received a sample of NASOCLEAR from Unilab. I was really more than willing to review the product. Dust, pollen, and the extreme heat trigger our rhinitis so I was thankful for an extra bottle of nasal spray.

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NASOCLEAR is a natural water based nasal spray that contains 0.65% sodium chloride.  It helps relieve nasal congestion and alleviates itching, sneezy and runny nose.   It does not contain any steroids, does not cause drowsiness, and does not have any adverse side effects.  The best thing about Nasoclear is that it safe to use on my kids

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As you can see in the picture above, both sprays look exactly the same (except for the labels of course).  They also have the same composition and work pretty much the same way.  It’s really just a matter of choosing the brand you trust.  Of course, for us, that has got to be UNILAB.  So, yes, it’s Nasoclear that keeps our noses sniffle free now.

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Even if you don’t have allergic rhinitis, do have a bottle of nasal spray for each member of your household.  Our nasal passages need some TLC too, you know.  Watch this video below to learn more about the importance of keeping our noses clean: