Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sick Ag'in?

Have you ever heard of winter allergies? My youngest child gets sick a lot in the winter. Just a fact. And in the wind, if his ears aren't protected, he gets an earache, a big one. His pediatrician says it's winter allergies. I've never heard of such a thing (though his teacher confirmed she's heard of it quite a lot lately). He has none of the symptoms associated with those of allergy sufferers, and the medicine the doctor told us to get once for his 'allergies' listed traditional allergy symptoms on the bottle. I like his pediatrician, but for this one, I think he's off.

Yesterday the weather was NICE all day long. Towards the end of the day, ominous skies predicted rain, and a visit to the weather channel showed that we were in for a thunderstorm.

We went to soccer practice and all was well the first half, but come part deux, the winds started to really pick up. Of course little man didn't have a hat on, it was still nice and warm, just windy as all get out. He came off the field tugging at an ear, and I knew what was in store.


Sure enough, he and I were up all night fighting a fierce ache in his ear and a fever. He got about two hours of sleep all night long, and I got even less.

Have you heard of winter allergies? Or does anyone have a child who just doesn't fare well with windy and/or cold weather? I have four kids and it's my very first time going through such a thing. I feel bad for my little one.  Seems you should be able to enjoy being out and about whatever the weather or season! 

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  1. I've never heard of winter allergies, but my kids sure do get sick a lot in the winter. It's because of school and all the other germy kids lol.

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    1. Mine seems to get sick w/or w/o the other kids around.

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  2. Never heard of such a thing, I mean people can have an allergy to anything what so ever. Once read about a guy allergic to water, had to put something in it to dilute it or something . So yeah, it is possible, but truthfully I doubt it. Just an easy excuse for lazy arse doctors who don't know what the heck it is. And there best advice, pop a pill.

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    1. I cannot even imagine being allergic to water, or having someone in the family who was...how awful that must be to get around.

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  3. Never ever have I heard of winter allergies! Does that really exist? Maybe there is something else going on?

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    1. DRs appt. at 1:15, I'm going to ask for an allergy test. None of us has ever had one, so I don't even know if they do that at the pedi., but I'm going to ask.

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  4. I never heard of that before. It is probably just the medical professions way of saying I don't know what the heck is wrong but lets call it winter allergies.

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    1. He doesn't have one allergy symptom, that's my concern with it.

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  5. I haven't heard it but as the weather gets cold here my lot have all been sick. I've had one home every day for nearly 3 weeks. I hope your little one is feeling better soon

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    1. :( Sounds like you guys've got it bad. Hoping all is well and running smooth soon.

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  6. Sounds like an environmental thing. You can get a hair analysis ...... find them online. I agree with Terry.

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    1. I wouldn't mind having a hair analysis done for him.

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  7. Yes I have heard of and have winter allergies. When the heat goes on - the dust comes out of the vents, the mold level is high, all sorts of things. My grandson's worst are in the fall -winter. But something is growing all year round. It depends on what you are allergic too. Andy is sick now for finals -all week! I hope your little guy feels better soon! Love, sandie

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    1. Aww, I'm sorry to hear he's sick for finals. :(

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  8. I've never heard of winter allergies but like Patt said a person can be allergic to literally anything!

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    1. Water was a crazy one! That would be the absolute worst.

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  9. Hmm I've never heard of winter allergies either! That does not sound fun.

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    1. It's not fun when it hits him hard. Earaches are the worst.

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  10. I'd not heard of winter allergies either so I looked it up on my favorite site for answers for these type of medical questions...

    Whether it's summer, spring, or winter allergies stuffing you up, you can do a lot to manage -- or prevent -- allergy symptoms, including:

    Avoid Allergens. The first and best treatment for winter allergies is to avoid what you're allergic to, says Cohen. For example, stay indoors when the wind is whipping up damp leaves in the yard, and keep indoor allergens to a minimum by mopping, sweeping, and dusting often.

    Wash Away Allergens. Washing your hands and face frequently reduces the number of allergens you carry -- and spread. When allergy symptoms are intense, take a shower; it removes allergens from your hair and encourages you to change the clothes that allergens may be clinging to. A bonus: The steam of a hot bath or shower may relieve allergy symptoms like sinus congestion.

    Wash Bedding Often. Most bedrooms are havens for pet dander and dust mites. You can keep these and other allergens down by washing your sheets, pillowcases, and blankets in hot water, suggests Chiu. A weekly wash is great, but twice a month is fine, too.

    And Get Better Bedding. Look for bedding that's specially designed to be less permeable to allergens like dust mites. You can start your search online with the term "allergy bedding."

    Try a Saline Solution. Irrigation with saltwater is a great home remedy to relieve the nasal congestion that may be part and parcel of winter allergies. Look for saline at most drugstores, or make your own by mixing in a squirt bottle one teaspoon of non-iodized salt to eight ounces of water.

    Get More Moisture. When you're blowing your nose all the time and the thermostat is cranked up, it's easy to get dehydrated. Pump up the fluids by carrying around a water bottle, eating more water-rich fruits and veggies, or enjoying hot tea. A side benefit to hot drinks: their steam may reduce nasal congestion.

    The Air Needs Moisture, Too. It's an indoor balancing act: Too little moisture in the air may irritate nose and throat; too much encourages mold and mildew growth. Costing as little as $5, a hygrometer -- a humidity monitor -- can help you track the moisture in your house and adjust with a humidifier/dehumidifier accordingly. Aim for humidity no lower than 30% and no higher than 50%, suggests Chiu.

    Take Allergy Medication. Allergy meds can relieve symptoms like itchy eyes and nasal congestion, yet over-the-counter or prescription drugs won't do you much good if you don't use them right. Managing winter allergies is easier if you take medication before symptoms appear, and if you remember that taking more medicine doesn't lead to fewer symptoms. Follow label directions carefully and you should get the relief you crave.

    You're not alone with winter allergies. More than 40 million Americans are allergy-prone year-round. If you aren't getting the relief you need with lifestyle changes or over-the-counter medication, it may be time to talk to an allergist.

    Source: WebMD @ http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/winter-mold-allergies-risk?page=2

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    1. I love that you took the time out to share these tips, and it was thoughtful of you to look it up. Thank you!!

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  11. that kinda makes sense, i tend to get sick when the wheather change too. Hope you and your family feels better soon!

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  12. Dear Rosey, I'm with you on this, something is off...I'm no expert either but I've been married to an asthmatic and allergy sufferer for years now and my 4 year old inherited his dad allergies. He is highly allergic to cats and mold, we live right next to a Metro Park with dead leaves all year long (mold), so I know how bad it is...what I don't understand is that allergies Usually don't cause fevers, unless the symptoms are so severe it does causes a low grade one, this seems to be the case with your little buddy...perhaps you could ask your dr. for a reference to an Otorhinolaryngologist and get other areas checked out, due to frequency of the attacks. I'm about to do that with mine, just waiting for his next appointment. I have followed several of the steps shown here by Sandee, but nothing seems to be working, and last weekend we just finished another round of antibiotics since the congestion turned into an ear infection..ugh...Must be a Michigan thing! hate it! Much Love girl, and let us know what's going on.

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear you have family dealing with such strong cases of asthma and allergies! I think asking for a reference (we have a follow up in two weeks) is a great idea (thanks for the idea). Today the pedi. said it's just an ear infection and he wrote a 'scrip for the antibiotic.

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  13. I never heard of that. I hope you can get some answers, as that seems a little strange. If he likes sports, and wants to be outside how can he do that?

    Maybe go to an allergist? My sister used to have all kinds of allergies growing up and went to an allergist and got tested. She actually seems to have outgrown a lot of them now that she is older though.

    Hope he feels better soon.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing about sports. The soccer's supposed to be in the warm weather, lol. I cannot believe how cold it is right now (after being so lovely for day!).

      Glad your sister's outgrowing her allergies!

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  14. My son is a victim of winter allergies. Plus, he has asthma which makes all the mucus drip down into his bronchial. The nebulizer machine and albuterol pump are his bbf's from Oct - Feb.

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    1. Someone else who's heard of them (my son's teacher said she has recently started to hear the term). I'm sorry to hear it's an Oct. - Feb. thing for your son!

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  15. I have never heard of winter allergies. Poor little guy, that's tough getting ear aches so easily. Both of my boys get earaches, although not as easily/ofetn as your son.

    As for me, my seasonal allergies were terrible yesterday! I took two Benadryl last night and woke up late and groggy! I hate allergies. I was looking online and it was suggested that I try "stinging nettle supplements." I'll try anything to get some relief that doesn't knock the wind outta my sails lol!

    Hope you son is feeling betting soon! :)

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    1. I haven't heard of a stinging nettle supplement. I've not to long ago just heard about a nettie pot (over at Alissa's blog). I am guessing they are related? I hope the 'stinging' portion of it doesn't actually sting.

      Hoping your allergies take a hike super soon. Thanks for the well wishes for my little one.

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  16. Oh no! I've never heard of winter allergies but it sounds horrible. Poor guy. I hope he feels better soon and that you both can catch up on sleep!

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    1. Sleep, lol. He slept a few hours this morning, I have not gotten caught up yet, but am about to retire in just a few (totally looking forward to it too ;) ).

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  17. Oh yes my two boys ALWAYS catched cold when winter started. This was when we we still living overseas. My youngest one, little A also used to get bad rash all over his skin during winter. At first I thought it was something that he ate, and then maybe due to bed bug but he was feeling itchy or anything. It was just so bad, dark red rash. When winter over, the sun is shining, the rash gone too just like that.
    *there's typo on second sentence, it's supposed to be 'were' apparently my ipad won't let me go back to the typo without deleting the entire comment. Also typo 'he wasn't feeling itchy'....ough stupid ipad!*

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    1. Oh no, the hives must have really startled you at first!! My little one is 5, and this is the 4th year running (I didn't notice anything when he was baby) he's gotten sick w/almost very cold snap. The rest of us get sick once in awhile (and hubby once a year, if that), so he's the only one. I don't like it. I would trade w/him if I could. Kids should be able to run and play in the cold if they want to.

      Glad to hear your son's not going through the hives anymore!

      LOL at the iPad. My husband has the same problem sometimes. :)

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  18. Agh ... poor thing. Reagan was having some ear issues recently that we treated with antibiotics.
    I hate when the babies are sick!
    I hope he feels better!

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    1. Aww, poor baby! I'm sorry to hear it. :( That's what we've got going on exactly.

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  19. I have ear problems year-round... The chiropractor helps. And I take Claritan daily, that helps a bit too. I'm going to get a second opinion but my doctor now thinks that surgically putting tubes in my ears would cure it.

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    1. I did NOT know they did that when you were grown! My god daughter just had it done to her little one. She says she can already see a dramatic, positive difference. I don't know a thing about it though.

      I'm sorry to hear you have to deal w/it year-round!

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  20. I used to have ear infections..and even got them into my late 20's..and also just a few years ago...( in my late 40's )

    Im sending prayers that you and your Son feel better very soon!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! Totally appreciated.

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  21. I hope that everyone recovers soon! I'm so sorry to hear of sickness :( xo

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    1. Thanks, Monica. He's already perking up some, I'm hoping this is a fast go around for him.

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  22. oh no. ear aches are NO FUN. hope he gets better soon.

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    1. You can say that again, Noelle. Thanks!

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  23. I haven't heard of winter allergies, but a lot of kids miss school in the winter. With everybody breathing each others air, we catch more. I hope he feels better soon.

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    1. $25 co-pay every single time. Ugh. ;)

      Thanks for the well wishes.

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  24. My oldest used to get fierce ear aches all the time. It was miserable! Have you had his adenoids checked? Mariah's were blocking 90% of her airway, and that is also a cause of frequent ear aches. Once they were gone so were the aches!

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    1. I have not checked, but it's worth a shot. I'll mention it at the 2-wk. follow-up visit.

      Glad to hear your daughter's ear aches are goooooooone!

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  25. This sounds like me! If it's super windy or cold out I'm bound to get an earache! Totally sucks :(

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    1. In the winter it's easy, there's always a hat. When it's warm weather, it throws ya (or it does me anyway).

      Earaches, bah

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  26. I have not heard of that either although some people I know give me a headache all year round LOL

    Talking of weather It is still cold here in London we are still waiting for Spring let alone Summer arrrghhh!

    Have a fantabulosa weekend :-)

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    1. But it's London! I'm starstruck by London. We've only been there for a visit when it's been cold (March). I'd like to visit during the Spring weather, for sure. :)

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  27. I hope your son continues to feel much better Rosey. I have never heard of winter allergies but the strangest thing is that as soon as the weather changes and it is going to rain I sometimes have attacks of sinusitis - sneezing, headache etc. Although we do not get a real winter here it does get quite chilly where I live.

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    1. Thanks, Judy. He seems better today and we'll have him on the antibiotic until it's gone. Glad it's summer soon!

      Sorry to hear you get the sinitus!

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  28. I have allergies worse in the winter since there is so much mold. And you can run a fever with allergies, I am living proof :) Allergies can cause all sorts of secondary problems, hay fever, ear infections and then those can have fevers etc. My youngest son has horrible allergies year round and my husband has them so bad that he is sick to his stomach a lot of mornings thanks to his sinuses draining at night. I hope your little one feels better soon!

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    1. Thank you, Ann. I'm sorry you have allergies running around like they own the place over there! >:/

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  29. My mom says I have all year round allergies. The winter ones are mainly steamed from dust and dry air. When the heaters are turned on all that dust that has sat inside those ducts gets stirred up in the air. Plus we don't go outside too much. Our bodies are inside again creating more dust. Dust in form of our dead skin cells. It's odd, but when your are allergic to dust, you are allergic to humans.

    I find that a simple nasal spray that has salt water helps. The Neti Pot now makes a solution that you squirt on a q-tip and put in the inside of your nose. It's just to help lubricate it. I also like a small humidifier. The big ones are a pain to clean and get bacteria that grow in them. I just a small personal one. It really helps in the winder months.

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    1. Thanks for the tips, Alissa. I think we'll get the ducts cleaned. I don't know if that will help anything, but I bet it won't hurt.

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  30. Mine are definitely spring time related, but our spring is earlier here, since we don't really have a winter. I have to say that this year was one of the worst. You can only take the claritin so long before it makes your nose bleed all of the time too. A humidifier while sleeping can really help.

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    1. That would so be a bummer to have something that did work and then get nose bleeds from it if you took it too often. :/

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  31. I've never heard of winter allergies, but I know our smallest one seems to get a runny nose and occasionally fever if she's out in the wind too long. She and her sister swap colds, but hers always seems to turn to bronchitis. ugh.

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    1. It's stinks when the kiddos are sick. The weather not being so crazy all of the time (fluctuating wildly between warm and cold) would help, I'm sure.

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  32. I've never heard of that before at all, but then again since I've been in America, I've watched all sorts of new meds and diagnosis pop up, so not surprising.

    I would still think she is off, but you could always get a 2nd/3rd opinion.

    Hope little one feels better soon.

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