Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Chrissie | 2008/08/07



Good day. my daughter (3) has been diagnosed with severe allergies - cat, dog, dust, cut grass &  egg white. the dr has prescribed Deselex, but after a month she started getting rashes on her forehead. when i stopped the medication, her skin went normal. then i bought Alecet, which worked for a couple of weeks (1 - 2 mnths). but suddenly her nose kept running, which in turn affected her chest (post nasal drip) and her ears. at first i thought it was a cold, and gave demezin and thereafter monofed (dischem) for about two weeks. but the nose wouldn' t stop. at the pharmacy they gave me AP Loratadine Syrup (antihistamine), and told that i need to change the antihistamine-brand every month or so for best effect. i could immediately see an improvement after the first dose. but on the pamphlet it says i can only give it for 14days at a time?? can you advise on any antihistamine medication?
as far as her surroundings are concerned. i have taken all precautions to keep her home &  sleeping environment clean (allergy free). incl. bedding etc. the situation at her nursery school at this moment is not very healthy (has gone backwards). which is why i' ve put up her name at another (proper) school - but is waiting on a cancellation/opening.
thanking you.

Expert's Reply



You have done your best to reduce the amount of allergen such as housedust. Have you kept the dog or cat out of her bedroom? Loratadine is a good and safe antihistamine, in fact it is the forerunner of Deselex which it closely resembles.Your daughter may have reacted to the preservative in the Deselex and this could be her problem with all the other antihistamines which did not help after a while. The usual offender is a preservative called sodium benzoate. It is safe to use Loratadine for prolonged periods such as for up to 3 months.

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