Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Concerned | 2012-03-14


Toddler blocked nose after adenoid op


My 3 year old son''''s adenoids and tonsils were removed in Sept 2011 because of a permanent blocked nose. It has now been a few months and sometimes (or most times) his nose is still blocked? We were at a paed and a gp, both suggested we give him antihistamine (telfast) 5 - 10ml per day.

What could be the cause of his permanently blocked nose? If it was allergies shouldn''''t the antihistamine have cleared it up?

Thank you

Expert's Reply



You are correct, one would have expected an antihistamine to help to clear your son's nose if he has allergic rhinitis. Sometimes the allergy is so severe that an antihistamine alone is not ebnough to clear up the swelling of the mucous membrane lining of the nose. In any case your son needs to be tested for allergies and to have his nose properly treated. He should be seen by a paediatrician with an interest in paediatric allergy,known as a paediatric alllergist. There are experts in all the main centres in SA.

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