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Allergic cough in a child - how to recognize?

Allergic cough in a child - how to recognize?


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A child may cough for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons is the reaction to allergens, i.e. an overactive immune system when the body responds to normally harmless factors ejection of histamine. This can lead to nose swelling and end up sneezing and coughing. The best way to treat an allergic cough is to find the allergen and eliminate it. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. That is why you have to act symptomatically.

Read below how to identify an allergic cough and what to do to eliminate it.

How does allergic cough manifest itself?

Allergic cough is a normal symptom of the body, consisting of defense against an ingressing allergen. Most often it results from contact with a volatile allergen - pollen, mites, may also appear in response to a specific nutrient, as well as result from sinusitis. If it is accompanied by a characteristic whiz - it can be a symptom of asthma.

Allergic coughing is sometimes the only symptom. Usually, however, it is also accompanied by other symptoms: sneezing, itching and watery eyes, congestion and sensitivity of the throat and nose mucosa.

Cough due to allergies - what?

Allergic cough is a chronic, usually dry, paroxysmal cough. It can be tiring and may get worse at night.

What can help relieve an allergic cough?

Allergy cough can be reduced by home remedies and by using well-chosen drugs. It is worth to practice:

  • frequent airing of rooms,
  • air humidification during the heating season,
  • drinking warm drinks with honey and lemon,
  • use of saline nasal spray,
  • saline inhalations,
  • hot shower or bath,
  • perfumes and bathroom fragrances in sensitive people, they can cause sinus irritation and lead to overproduction of mucus, resulting in a chronic cough, it is worth removing them from home,
  • use of probiotics - some studies show that the reconstruction of the bacterial flora and supporting its functioning through good bacteria supports the work of the immune system and reduces the sensitivity to certain allergens, for example pollen,
  • for coughing can also help pineapple, containing the active ingredient - bromelin, which helps suppress coughing and loosen the discharge. Some sources indicate that pineapple may also reduce sinus problems caused by allergies,
  • thyme oil - many studies confirm that it allows you to relieve cough, thanks to flavonoids, which are found in the leaves, which reduce inflammation and facilitate the removal of residual secretions. Thyme tea prepared with two teaspoons of thyme and a glass of boiling water also works well.

Your doctor may recommend a child's cough due to an allergy antihistamines, usually in the form of drops or syrup. If the recommended treatment methods do not bring the expected results, it is worth checking whether the child has gone parasites. An allergic cough can actually be a symptom of the presence of lamblia or other worms. It is worth doing tests in a good laboratory, because the detection of parasites is unfortunately not easy.