We may only just be experiencing our first taste of the winter season but it won’t be long before allergy sufferers are reaching for tissues and rubbing their eyes. As an allergy sufferer myself, these symptoms have been a very familiar part of my life from a very young age. With medical testing and being told I was allergic to basically everything including the wind, products like Lorapaed would have been a godsend. Thirty plus years later and history is repeating itself with a 10 year old boy who experiences the same allergy symptoms.
Allergies come in a variety of forms but one of the most common in children is allergic rhinitis or hay fever. Itchy and burning eyes, sneezing and a runny nose will be regular symptoms during the hay fever season which in Australia is quite lengthy due to differing pollination times from plant to plant. Or like my son, you could have a child who has perennial allergic rhinitis where dust mites, animal fur and mould spores can trigger a reaction all year round. This is the worst kind of allergy as there is never any relief. You know when there is cat hair or mounting dust lying around as his sniffing, sneezing and itchy eyes are more noticeable.
So what can we do to limit the level of allergic reaction he has on a daily basis? We need to have a proven antihistamine on hand to counteract the triggers of his allergy.
As pharmacists offer generic options for prescription products, many of us wouldn’t know that we also have an opportunity of looking at generic alternatives for over the counter products. Many of these products have a similar amount of active ingredients as the originator product but are more affordable for families. One such product is Lorapaed.
Lorapaed is effective relief for symptoms of hayfever, urticaria and allergic rhinitis. It comes in liquid formulation which is easy to take for the little ones and with a peach flavour, it is even more enticing. It is sugar and colour free and best of all it is a non drowsy antihistamine which allows the kids to get on with their day as normal. It can be taken from 12 months of age and one dose will provide 24 hour relief. Lorapaed may also be used to relieve itchy rash due to skin allergies and hives.
I love the fact that Lorapaed is universal and can treat sufferers across most age groups including adults (not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women) which is also better for the household budget as there is limited medication that will treat the whole family.
This is one ‘must have’ family medical item that I will be seeking from the pharmacist to relieve all allergy family members of the symptoms of hayfever and allergic rhinitis, especially in the lead up to spring.
Lorapaed is available over the counter at most pharmacies and if you can’t see it on the shelf, ask the pharmacist for it by name.
Disclaimer: Always read the label & use strictly as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.
Written By School Mum Contributor Penny Price