Allergic cough is not a disease, but only a manifestation of an allergic reaction. It is one of the symptoms of allergy and is called a cough variant of bronchial asthma. Allergic cough occurs when allergens affect the upper respiratory tract and is directly related to inflammation in the bronchi, trachea and mucous membrane of the throat.
Symptoms of an allergic cough in children
Allergic cough in babies occurs quite often, especially in those who have diathesis at an early age. These children have an allergic predisposition, so cough can be caused by even a small amount of allergens. Improperly balanced nutrition and unnecessary vaccination can also cause coughing.
The most important sign of an allergic cough in children is a dry cough. It begins suddenly, has a paroxysmal character and lasts from two to three weeks, sometimes accompanied by a runny nose without an increase in body temperature.
The appearance of a cough is observed at night, during the daytime it usually stops. The c
The causes of allergic cough depend on the type of allergy. Most often this is a typical allergy to dust, flowering plants( pollinosis), animal hair or the body's reaction to a foreign protein after vaccination.
In the autumn, it is quite difficult to recognize an allergic cough in a child, since it differs little from a usual cold cough and is accompanied by a runny nose. A clear sign of an allergic cough in children is its unexpected appearance with characteristic spasms of the larynx, sometimes cramps are possible. When the stimulus acts on the respiratory system, edema develops in the bronchial mucosa and larynx, the symptom of which is mild asthma. To get rid of the irritant, the child often coughs, defending himself in such a natural way from the allergen.
However, persistent coughing spells in children should alert the parents, as they may indicate the presence of bronchial asthma. The causes of its development can be permanent viral infections, frequent contacts with the allergen, hereditary predisposition and adverse ecology.
The symptoms of an allergic cough in children are usually exacerbated in seasonal, mostly winter and summer, as in winter the child spends a lot of time indoors, and the summer is characterized by the flowering of many plants. Therefore, the main method to combat the symptoms of coughing is to eliminate the causes of its appearance( house dust, animal hair, flower pollen).
Treatment of an allergic cough in children
Allergic cough will not pass by itself, if not to eliminate the cause of its appearance - this is the main thing that you need to do if you find the first signs of an allergic cough in children. If you immediately identify an allergen is not possible, then you should contact a specialist. The allergist will conduct a comprehensive diagnosis of the tests and make test tests for the presence of allergens.
The next step in the treatment of allergic cough is the complete elimination of the allergen from the use of the child, whether it be a favorite dog or a plant, in this matter the child's health should be a priority. It is more difficult to do this when an allergic reaction to dust or cotton inclusions, but without this, effective treatment will not work.
It is necessary to carry out daily wet cleaning in the apartment, especially in the children's room. For children, choose a smooth wallpaper, so that their protrusions do not accumulate dust. Carpets and books are also great dust collectors, so they should be abandoned. Get rid of plants, in their land there is mold, which can provoke a cough. Curtains choose from a thin fabric that is easy to wear off and quickly dry. Soft toys must be replaced with rubber or plastic.
In children's cosmetics should be present only hypoallergenic drugs, specially designed for children with increased sensitivity.
Treatment of an allergic cough in children is conducted by an allergist and an immunologist, and self-treatment in this case is unacceptable, since there is a possibility of the transition of an allergic cough to a chronic form. Therapy of the allergy lasts not one year, therefore it is necessary to be reserved by patience and persistently to be engaged in health of the child, in fact at absence of adequate treatment the chronic bronchitis can pass in a bronchial asthma.