Allergy is a condition which can manifest itself as a chemical idiosyncrasy in some hypersensitive individuals. It is the mal function of your immune system which considers particular food articles, dust particles in air, pollens in air etc, to be harmful to your body. But these same food and dust particles are well tolerated by many others. Probably the symptoms you manifest are termed as allergy.
Humans can become allergic to almost anything.
- There can be systemic allergy or local allergy. Respiratory allergy is a systemic allergy where different organs from nose to lungs are involved.
- Symptoms of respiratory allergy start immediately or after some hours of exposure to the allergen.
- These allergens are usually airborne such as dust mites, mold spores, pollens or animal dander.
Signs Of Respiratory Allergies
Mild symptoms are:
- Running nose
- Itching in nose
- Swollen eyes
- Watery eyes
- Congestion of nose.
- Tingling in throat
Respiratory Allergy Symptoms
Severe symptoms are:
- Breathing difficulty.
- Tightness of chest.
- Low blood pressure.
- Lips and tongue turning blue. (Cyanosis)
- Increased heart rate.
- Difficulty in swallowing due to throat swelling.
Respiratory allergy can cause Allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, allergic sinusitis, allergic bronchitis etc.
Treatment For Respiratory Allergy
- Increase your immune response by eating healthy food, vitamins and minerals are useful. Eating vegetables and fruits are beneficial.
- Food containing vitamin C alleviates the symptoms of allergy.
- Stay away from the airborne allergens such as dust mites, molds etc. this you can do by cleaning and drying the surrounding area. Wearing a mask on nose and mouth while dusting and cleaning.
- Clean your mattresses, curtains in warm water.
- In case of asthma your doctor may give bronchodilator and anti histamines.
Respiratory allergy testing is done by skin prick test and blood test.