He was always congested and had watery, glazed over eyes. He would also go through periods of time with an extremely runny nose and sneezing fits which would result in bloody noses every night.
We began researching what could be causing his issues, and thus, the long journey of allergy testing and experimenting with different medications began.
- Avoid all allergens that have been established as triggers for flair ups (environmental allergens, specific foods, certain kinds of animals, etc)
- Use a free and clear (dye free, fragrance free) laundry detergent
- Do not use fabric softener or fabric sheets
- If possible, bathe your child as soon as they come in for the day after playing outside. Or, at least wipe their face off and wipe down their arms and legs with a wash cloth and slather on some lotion
- Use a special, sensitive soap and lotion like Cetaphil
- Use specifically fragrance free lotions designed for sensitive skin
- Cover their skin several times a day in a lotion like Aquaphore or Eucerin
- Administer an antihistamine like Zertec (cetirizine) at night (the allergist said Zertec, specifically, is best for eczema)
- Treat open sores caused by the eczema like any other wounds, with a triple antibiotic ointment
- Use a prescription strength cream like Triamcinolone Acetonide, Locoid Lipocream (hydrocortisone butyrate 0.1%), or Mometasone Furoate Cream on bad skin outbreaks (these are all tubes of ointments that we’ve used and it takes just a tiny bit to do a lot of good)
- Keep skin protected with socks and shoes, long pants, etc. Limit the exposure of skin to grass and other allergens.
- Use special allergy pillow case protectors to fight against dust mites and other allergens
- Wash bedding on a regular basis in free and clear detergent
- Keep bedrooms clean and clutter free – vacuum regularly. Wood floors are best, but keep carpet clean.
- Limit exposure to pets that may have a heavy dander, like cats.