Posted by: sean | 2004/10/29



Hi Doc, we live in Kempton Park and my son (12) suffers from a continious running nose but his mucus is clear in colour. We have been told that it is because of the area that we live in, but my other kids(9&3) do not suffer like him. Obviuosly it drops down his throat and starts him coughing as well - Can you offer any advice?

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It all depends on the history and duration of symptoms, but it sounds like possible hay fever (allergic rhinitis) for which there is fairly effective treatment using a steroid nose spray or oral anti-histamines.

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Posted by: dr anonymous | 2004/10/30

Allergy may spare some kids of the same family.
Some healthy precautions:
1.Stop all fizzy soft drinks.
2Avoid citrus juices & fruit in the mornings & evenings.
3.Try & keep pets out of the home totally.
4.vacuum carpets &sweep floors daily.
5.keep warm whenever cold.
6.avoid most COLD beverages.
7.Sip some warm honey water before bedtime.(milk sometimes stimulates phlegm so preferably milk can be drunk good few hrs before bedtime)
8. Salt gargles 3 times a day.
9. Salt/saline nasal spray before bedtime & whenever syptomatic.
.10.If he hasn't been to a doc in the past 4wks, it is advisable to have him checked for a throat infection (which is agrrevated by the allergy & also worsens the allergic symptoms). Then, he might need an antibiotic.
Last of all, when the acute infection is cleared by the antibiotic, an antihistamine may be prescribed by your doc maybe simulotaneously with the antibiotic.
He is 12yrs, so he is old enough for lung function tests also to exclude asthma. The treatment for asthma includes the above, but is totally different as far as medication is concerned.
Ask your doc regarding lung function tests.

Good luck

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