In this post, our second in a series on allergies from the patient’s point of view, the mother of a boy with extensive allergies to the the outdoors recounts her son’s difficulties — and relief.
Our son Jackson began showing the signs of allergies when he was almost three years old. If he would play outside in grass, climb trees or play with a dog or cat, within a few minutes, he would begin to show signs. His eyes would get puffy, his nose would clog and the rest of the day he would be miserable. As he got older, we hoped that his body would grow out of this but, unfortunately, it only got worse. His allergies were so severe, anytime he was exposed to anything outside you could guarantee a long night of Jackson getting up constantly to blow his nose or complain that he felt terrible. It breaks your heart to hear your son say he hates his allergies and doesn’t want to go outside ever again.
We met our allergist through his regular pediatrician, at Desert Sun Pediatrics, and she mentioned the drops as an alternative. He was given an allergy test and showed that he was allergic to most grass, many different types of trees and shrubs and, of course, animal dander. We agreed to try Jackson on the drops.
The results were almost immediate and close to too good to be true. Within a few days of taking the drops, we would take him out to roll and play in the grass. Nothing. No runny nose. No puffy eyes. It was like he’d never had allergies in his life! It was an amazing thing to see a young boy to be able to run outside and play like a normal kid without having to worry about his health.
The drops themselves are very easy to administer and we’ve found something very interesting. On very rare occasions during the last year or so, we would forget to give him his medicine. As soon as he’d be near grass or animals, it was just like it had been in the past. The extent was not as severe, but you could totally see the difference in how his body reacted without taking the drops.
My husband and I were both very skeptical about administering these drops. We did some research before and there wasn’t a lot of positive or negative things on line. Once we committed, it was one of the best things we’ve ever done for our children. I would highly recommend these drops to anyone who has a child that is suffering or even an adult that has had to suffer with allergies. They work!
Stephanie S., Arizona
[Editor’s Note: Most patients begin to experience the benefit of drops within six months, not necessarily as quickly as in this case.]