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HEALTH CORNER name of CLARINASE that can help reduce all symptoms. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and downsides of the different treatments if possible. The right treatment for you will depend a lot on your symptoms and other health problems. It is also important to talk with your doctor about when and how to use your medicines. When should I see a doctor? If you are not feeling better after trying all the above OTC medications, you may want to talk with your doctor for more advice on proper treatment. If you develop symptoms of asthma, such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, and a severe cough, I highly recommend that you see a doctor as soon as possible. Do you have any advice for children prone to hay fever? the nose. This can also help to clear things out if the nose is very stuffed up. Different devices can be used to rinse the nose. ●Steroid nose sprays – Steroid nose sprays are the single best treatment for nose symptoms. If you decide to try this medicine, you might need to take a nasal decongestant for a few days first. This will reduce swelling in the nose and make it easier for the steroid to get deep into your nose. Steroid nose sprays work best if you use them every day. They are more effective than other allergy medicines for congestion and post- nasal drip. The available brands of steroid nose sprays in Beijing include NASONEX and FLIXONASE. ●Antihistamines–These medicines help stop itching, sneezing, and runny nose symptoms. Some antihistamines can make people feel tired. The available brands of antihistamines in Beijing include CLARITYNE and XYZAL. ●Decongestants – These medicines can reduce stuffy nose symptoms. People with certain health problems, such as high blood pressure, should not take decongestants. Also, people should not use decongestant nose sprays for more than three days in a row. Using these nose sprays for more than three days in a row can make symptoms worse. The typical brand of decongestant nose spray in Beijing is DAPHNLIN. There is an oral combination medication of antihistamine and decongestant, with the Young children often do not blow their nose but instead sniff, cough, or clear their throat a lot. If a child’s throat is itchy, they might make clicking noises as they try to scratch their throat with their tongue. They might also get into the habit of breathing through their mouth because their nose is stuffy. Because children do not always understand what allergies are or how they affect people, they sometimes put up with severe symptoms. This can really affect their lives. Children with allergies can have trouble concentrating or doing school work. They can even have trouble with sports. Your child might not be able to tell you what is wrong, but you can look for symptoms that show up at the same time each year or last a long time. You might also be able to tell that a child has allergies by the way he or she looks (figure 2). Seasonal allergy symptoms usually don’t show up in children until after the age of 2. If your child is younger than 2 and has these symptoms, talk to his or her doctor about what might be causing them. If you want to try over-the-counter medications for your child, be sure to read the directions carefully. Some medications are not safe for young children. Dr. Lucy Gao is BJU’s Section Chief of the Department of Family Medicine. She is also an Internal Medicine Physician and Nephrologist. Dr. Gao speaks Mandarin and English. 31