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Hello! My daughter will be 7 years old next month and has horrible seasonal allergies (unfortunately she got them from me!) Last spring the allergy specialist prescribed her Flonase for her rhinitis and told us to give her OTC allergy pills for her watery, itchy eyes. I am pretty sure they made her tics even worse, but it's hard to tell since the allergies themselves seemed to exacerbate her tics too.

 

How do you treat your child's seasonal allergies? Do you use allergy meds or something more natural? I gave her some quercitin last summer but then got cold feet after doing some research that it might not be safe for kids...

 

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Our oak pollen is way, way up here, and I definitely notice an increase in my son's tics. I mostly have a "do not introduce things into the house" policy. All shoes stay on the porch or I wash them, I make sure he takes a shower or bath as soon as he comes in, clothes are immediately taken off and left in the laundry room. I clean the floor and other wooden surfaces with Murphy's oil soap and 7th Generation cleaning products. Doesn't make them go away completely, but I really try to keep the inside super clean.

 

I have tried Allegra for when it's really bad, but I don't notice that medication effecting tics either way (diminish or increase).

Good luck!

 

Eve

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I've heard good things occasionally about some stuff called HayMax. I don't think that would affect the tics, because it hasn't actually any active ingredient. It's a sort of cream that you rub around your nose in the morning, and it's supposed to catch the pollen so that you don't breathe it in. Sounds unlikely, but I've come across people who said it works, so it might be worth trying. You can get it from Natural Collection, I'm sure other places too.

Hope you both find some kind of solution, anyway!

Wombat140

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Hello!

 

We use Benadryl, however please note that in some kids it does increase tics, we are lucky in that Benadryl not only works for my son's allergies, but also reduces his motor tics. I also give him Quercetin supplements (recommended by our integrative doctor) & use all natural saline nasal spray daily. Additionally, I use all natural cleaning products in his room & we run an air purifier at night.

 

Take Care,

 

~Lynn

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My 9 year olds tics increase with claritin or singulair, but he does very well on allegra. Also he uses the nasal wash pediatric saline washes up his nose and he says that gives him the most relief. Pycogenol and Isoquecitin I also give daily, mix one capsule of each in small pear sauce or apple sauce. It does seem to help. Pollen is very high right now and he is doing well.

 

 

 

Hello!

 

We use Benadryl, however please note that in some kids it does increase tics, we are lucky in that Benadryl not only works for my son's allergies, but also reduces his motor tics. I also give him Quercetin supplements (recommended by our integrative doctor) & use all natural saline nasal spray daily. Additionally, I use all natural cleaning products in his room & we run an air purifier at night.

 

Take Care,

 

~Lynn

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Have not been on here in awhile but did want to mention that my ds has all outdoor allergys and he is doing well with the congestion due to elimating a lot of foods. His congestion has been doing great and he has not taken any allergy meds in the last 2 years. He does still tic and things can get out of hand if his diet changes. He is also allergic and sensitive to a lot of foods. Yes he does tic but his nose is clear which is amazing and that helps out with everything else. He defiantly does not get sick as much. Though the only thing he seems to catch is strep! But the congestion is gone which I am happy about.

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Also look into singular. My ped told me to put my son on that for three months b/c of his allergies. We did not go that route b/c of all of the side effects. we went a different route and I am glad we did which is food elimination. I realized that is a steroid also which is not good for tics.

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Benadryl and Zyrtec make my tic's go crazy. So do allergie's though. I'm trying Claritin right now. Hopefully it work's. Not sure if any of you heard of the study that showed a histamine gene is associated with tourettes. The mutated version of the gene doesn't seem to pump out enough histamine. So it make's sense that any drug's that lower histamine can cause tic's in some people. If anyone is interested just type in "histamine gene" and "tourettes" on google. They say there are probably multiple different causes though.

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Hello GreggJ and welcome

 

we've discussed that genetic/histamine case here before and it should be noted that was a study on only ONE family

 

By far the majority of the members here seem to have kids who tic *less* when histamine is lowered...but it is a slippery slope as the standard anti-histamine meds seem to have tic triggering properties, likely due to their chemical mix.

Natural anti-histamines seem to have a better effect, including things like like quercitin, butterbur, mangosteen, Vitamin C and Omega-3, to name but a few....

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Like i said, there are probably "multiple different causes". The histamine gene being one. They showed in rat's low histamine causes tic like behavior's, so I think it's pretty safe to say that's one cause, or at least partially the cause, even if it is in a small minority of tourettes patients. As far as natural antihistamine's, I take omega 3 every day, and I use to take Vitamin C, none of which help my allergies or tic's. Haven't given the other ones you mentioned a try though.

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