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Child having puffy red eyes, cough, stuffy nose. Not relief with antibiotics, nasal spray. Cure?

Hi, My name is Anita and we have a 22 months old son who has for about 4 months now On and off puffy eyes which are also a little red all but on the inside; little sneezing and minor cough. The nose is currently a little stuffy but not much. A basic allergy test was performed: negative. He got antibiotic meds as well as a saline nasal spray . Currently I have him on Claritin. I don t know what else to do. Can you help?
Asked On : Sun, 3 Feb 2013
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If its just puffy eyes and no swelling in any other body part like feet etc- you need not worry.

Mild puffiness of eyes with running nose, cough and sneezing- can well be seen in allergy.

Usual allergens are dust, pollen, smoke, strong smells, perfumes, Animal danders (hair, shed skin cells, saliva), certain fabrics etc. If the allergen can be identified, its better to avoid contact with such allergens.
But in most cases, allergen is difficult to be found out.

You may ask your doctor for medications like mild steroid + anti-histamine nasal sprays that will prevent such episodes.

Also its better to check the patency of the Naso-lacrimal duct- the tear duct (The tube that connects eye with nose). If its blocked, repeated redness and puffiness of eyelids can happen.

Hope my answer helps you.
Wish your son good health.

Answered: Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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