Allergy Week: Piri for Allergies

Allergies can make life miserable, especially when the person with the allergy is your child. One in three people in the UK suffers from an allergy and more than half of those affected are children and many will develop an allergy which runs in the family.

If your child is displaying any of the following symptoms it is likely that they have an airborne allergy caused by allergens such as house dust mites, animals, pollen or mould spores:

  • Runny and itchy nose
  • Congestion/blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes

Hayfever season has already begun, tree pollen released in spring, grass pollen released at the end of spring and the beginning of summer and weed pollen which can be released any time from early spring to late autumn can all trigger a foray of symptoms which can mean a miserable few months for those affected. The proteins in pollen can cause the the nose, sinuses, throat and eyes to become inflamed and irritated.

Piri have a range of treatments available to relieve the symptoms of allergies for everyone in the family (children from 1 year and over). Piriton is tried and tested by Mums who have been using it for years to relieve their children from the effects of hayfever and to combat the itchy rash of chickenpox.

image Chickenpox is highly contagious illness which generally affects children from 4 to 10 years although anyone can catch it at any stage in life. The first tell-tale sign of chickenpox is a skin rash on the head and body which becomes itchy and pockmarked. Most pockmarks will heal without scarring but they are very uncomfortable nonetheless so using Piriton can greatly aide the itching associated with chickenpox.

Being an airborne disease it is very easy for chickenpox to spread quickly from one person to another via coughing, sneezing or through direct contact with secretions from the rash. A person affected by chickenpox is at their most contagious for 1 or 2 days before the rash appears and will remain contagious until all of the lesions have crusted over, which is usually around 6 to 10 days.

Once a person has contracted chickenpox the incubation period is 10 to 21 days. Early symptoms will reveal themselves as nausea, headaches, sore throat, earache, fever, myalgia, itching and perhaps the patient complaining of pressure in the head or a swollen face. As the illness progresses temperatures of 38C to 42C are quite normal and the patient may report lower back pain and loss of appetite.

The older that you are when you catch chickenpox the more dangerous it can be for you as your body will fight it harder. It is rarely fatal although it is more severe in adult males than females, with the exception of non-immune pregnant women who risk facing greater complications.

If you prefer to use non-medical treatment to ease the aggravation of itching in your child then calamine lotion, bicarbonate of soda and porridge oats in a bath are also very good at soothing the skin and drying out the spots faster as well as lots of special TLC!

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