Spring brings the warmer weather, yes, but it also brings out allergens and ticks. Here are some words of wisdoms on all things spring from our expert friends at The Medical Sanctuary.
Spring is a great time of year to get out and about. The trees are flowering, the sun is warm but there are still gentle breezes with just enough nip to keep us moving. Our kids are getting out and about again and already I am seeing a few of the health issues that come with spring. Hay fever, leftover winter coughs and colds that haven’t fully resolved, tick bites and the plethora of other allergic type symptoms. Now is the time to nip these in the bud.
SPRING BRINGS TICKS
Ticks are a big problem, especially for kids with allergies or compromised immune systems. Prevention is always the best measure but if your child does end up with a tick, don’t be tempted to pull at it or scratch it. And don’t be tempted to put essential oils or spirits, salt etc on them as these things will only irritate the tick further causing it to inject more of its saliva. Tick bites carry more human-compatible pathogens than any other bite and we are seeing greater numbers of variable reactions annually. Ticks are best removed swiftly and quickly with appropriate tweezers by grabbing as close to the skin as possible. Pharmacies can advise you on the use of Lyclear, an ointment for scabies. Once applied to a tick they become dopy and fall off or are much easier to remove.
SPRING BRINGS ALLERGENS
For children who are prone to allergic hay fever, coughs and skin conditions, going into spring with leftover winter illness is a potential danger zone for elevated allergy response and wheezy kids.
Children’s immune systems are not as developed as adults. Some kids suffer an over-reactive immune response, some suffer the opposite. Both are a potential problem. Avoiding allergens is a common strategy but can be very restricting and we can’t always anticipate where triggers may be present. Immune support is a common treatment, but where an immune system has a hyper-reactive inflammatory auto immune response, that form of treatment may be inappropriate.
Using dietary changes and nutritional support can be very beneficial in reducing reactions. Diet alone can be highly effective. Identifying the source of molds, pollens and foods etc can help us understand what systems are most involved in a child’s reaction. In many cases the solutions are reasonably simple. Now is a great time to seek advice on allergies to get spring off to a less wheezy sneezy start.
Words // John Burchell