Taking Control of Seasonal Allergies - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Taking Control of Seasonal Allergies

By Britney Glaser - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Listen up you sneezers and snifflers!  Spring is now here and for many of you, that means your allergies are feeling the changes in the air.

11-year-old Logan Chiasson is all too familiar with allergy symptoms.  "You'll usually have itchy eyes, you'll be congested, you'll have a runny nose and you'll kind of cough a little bit," says Logan.

Since he was two years old, Logan has been a seasonal allergy sufferer. And when it comes to keeping a sports-minded youngster like him indoors, he was not happy with this diagnosis.  "It would make me feel like I'm not supposed to go outside," says Logan, "so I better just stay inside and play my video game."

Dr. Stuart Landry with The Children's Clinic of Southwest Louisiana says one in two people will experience allergies at some point in their life. For the majority of allergy sufferers, spring is the worst time.  "In the springtime, seasonal allergies occur because of pollens," says Dr. Landry, "and it could occur because of trees, grasses or weeds."

Antihistamines and nasal sprays can typically nix the problem, but if it persists, Dr. Landry says it might be time to get tested for specific allergies.  "If they're just not sleeping or they're miserable all of the time having to take medicines that cause side effects on a constant basis," he says, "then those are another group that I refer to for allergy testing."

When Logan was tested two years ago, he found out he was allergic to pretty much every outdoor allergen. But with the help of his medication, his seasonal allergies aren't slowing him down anymore.  "We can go outside and fish, hunt, do all that kind of stuff without me scaring away the animals by sneezing," says Logan.

Logan's parents also made adjustments inside their home to help him stay above his allergies.  They removed all of the carpet, took the curtains out of Logan's room and got him a hypoallergenic pillow.

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