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  • Whatever the time, place or season, allergies can attack. It is extremely common among children but first:



    What are allergies?

    To have allergies is to have the body’s immune system overreact to some substances. When the body detects a foreign or potentially harmful substance, it produces antibodies and histamine, which are then released into the blood stream to fight it off. An inflammatory reaction happens and common reactions among young children are an asthma-like attack (rapid, shallow breathing, wheezing, and a dry cough), sneezing, and the development of rashes.

    What trigger an allergic reaction of the immune system are allergens, the substances that may be found in food, insects, plants, animals, house dust mites, mold spores, certain chemicals (from smoke,for example), and some medications, especially antibiotics.

    But the good news is there are simple tips to keep kids allergy-free. Here are six ways to prevent allergies:

    1. Clean as you go
    Minimize your child’s exposure to allergens by keeping things super clean. Pack away toys in a container. Use allergy covers for pillows and mattresses. Take out curtains and carpets from your child’s bedroom as these are known to house icky dust mites.



    2. Pets are not allowed
    We know your child loves puppies, but you might want to skip that for now. Fact: a pet allergy is not caused by animal hair. The real cause of the allergy is actually dander, a protein found in pet skin, saliva, and urine.

    To prevent allergies caused by our furry friends, keep spaces at home pet-free. Let the cute puppy stay out and not sleep on your floor, couch, or your bed. Wash beddings in hot water. You may also speak to a veterinarian to get advice on your pet’s diet to prevent dry skin and excess shedding of fur.


    3. See food, not seafood
    Some children are allergic to seafood like shrimps and crabs, but these days, almost anything can cause the allergic reaction, like dairy, peanuts, insect bites -- you name it. It can vary for each person.

    The next time you eat out, check the menu carefully to avoid allergy attacks. Ask the waiter about the ingredients of a dish, if you must.


    4. Say no to smoking
    Certain chemicals found in cigarettes are harmful, not just because they cause allergies but because they are bad for the health to begin with. Make sure to cover your child’s nose and mouth when you go on public transport to prevent him from inhaling the toxic fumes belched by vehicles.

    5. Get your kids into sports
    A child who is healthy also has a strong immune system. There’s a lower chance of developing an allergy when a child is active and physically fit. Try football, swimming, or just simple free play with other kids at the park. Not only will he be able to exercise, but he will also learn to socialize as well.

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    6. When allergy happens, use an antihistamine that works
    Choose the right medicine for your kids especially when allergies attack. Virlix® contains Cetirizine, an antihistamine that calms and soothes, helping you manage your child’s allergies. Unlike other medications in the market, Virlix® is inexpensive without compromising on the quality. Virlix® comes in two preparations: oral (10ml and 30ml) and 10mg tablet form.

    Allergies shouldn't have to be debilitating. Take note of what causes your child’s allergies and avoid them so that your child can be allergy-free and ready to face anything. Basta allergies, Virlix®—the fast, affordable, and trusted brand of choice.

    For more information on how to win the fight against allergies, visit www.Facebook.com/VirlixPH

    Virlix is a registered trademark of the GSK group of companies.

    If symptoms persist, consult your physician.

    Adverse events should be reported to GSK Philippines using the following numbers (02) 8129687 or (0917) 8890640


    October 2014

    Safety information: Common adverse events include somnolence, fatigue, dizziness and headache.

    J. Day, The Environmental Exposure Unit: a system to test anti-allergic treatment; Clin Exp All Rev 2003; 3:82-86.

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