What you need to know about allergic rhinitis?
What is allergic rhinitis?
If your baby sneezes repeatedly and explosively, he or she may have allergic rhinitis. An allergic child reacts immunologically to a substance in the environment, a substance (called an allergen) that normally does not produce any manifestations in a healthy child. Allergic rhinitis is the response of the nasal mucosa to certain allergens, usually house dust, pollen or pets (dog, cat), the mechanism of the disease involving the immune system.
How allergic rhinitis manifests itself
The child with allergic rhinitis often scratches his nose, sneezes, has a stuffy nose and „runs” his nose. In addition to the „classic” symptoms, the child with allergic rhinitis may be tired, with poor school performance, has a low ability to concentrate and memorize, is irritable. Often these children are diagnosed with attention deficit, when in fact they are allergic. In other words, allergic rhinitis can make a child’s life miserable.
How to treat allergic rhinitis
Proper treatment of allergic rhinitis can control the symptoms of the disease, so that learning and behavior problems are avoided. The basic medication used in allergic rhinitis consists of antihistamines (e.g. cetirizine, levocetirizine, desloratadine, rupatadine and nasal sprays with corticosteroids (eg mometasone, fluticasone). Due to concerns about the possible side effects of these medicines (for example, sedation caused by some antihistamines), parents of children with allergic rhinitis resort to methods included in alternative and complementary medicine.
Probiotics and allergic rhinitis
Clearly, the imbalance of the intestinal microbial flora is related to the appearance of allergic diseases. Probiotics are living microorganisms that provide a health benefit, probably by stimulating the normal immune response. For example, the administration of probiotics reduces the risk of atopic dermatitis (an allergic disease) in children.
It has been scientifically proven that probiotic therapy, combined with the classic medication used in allergic rhinitis, reduces the severity of nasal symptoms (sneezing) from allergic rhinitis, and this without side effects. Through these effects, the administration of probiotics could reduce the use of anti-allergic drugs such as antihistamines and nasal sprays with corticosteroids in these children with allergic rhinitis.
Not all probiotics are the same. The strain with the strongest effect in reducing the manifestations of allergic rhinitis has been shown to be Lactobacillus paracasei L-33. ATOPRIN product contains two types of strains Lactobacillus paracasei (LP-33 si GMNL-133), as well as vitamin D. Published studies show that supplementation with vitamin D has beneficial effects in reducing nasal symptoms caused by allergic rhinitis.
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