Respiratory allergy: A hidden menace

Homeopathic Treatment for Respiratory Allergies

Lung Health
January 12, 2022

Most respiratory allergies are sudden in onset. When there is exposure to allergens, the condition gets worse. The respiratory allergies include asthma, rhinitis, and chronic sinusitis. People are advised to stay indoors during a respiratory allergy attack because outdoor allergens can worsen the condition. This is especially important during allergy season when trees release pollen. Moreover, respiratory allergies often induce a cough, which is attributed to viral infections or smoking. Respiratory allergies occur when the body's immune system reacts to a normally harmless substance as harmful, resulting in an inflammatory response.

What are the symptoms of respiratory allergy?

 

  1. Watery eyes or runny nose
  2. Sneezing
  3. Itchy, watery eyes and itchy throat
  4. Coughing and mucus production
  5. Wheezing and shortness of breath
  6. Irritability
  7. People suffering from respiratory allergies often suffer from other related conditions such as asthma and rhinitis

What causes respiratory allergies?

Airborne antigens such as dust mites, pollen, mold spores, or animal dander proteins that enter the body through inhalation can cause respiratory allergies. These can be seasonal (hay fever) or perennial (year-round). Seasonal respiratory allergies, such as hay fever and allergic rhinitis (hay fever affecting the nose), are triggered by exposure to pollen from trees, grasses, or weeds. Dust mites in bedding, house dust, animal dander, or cockroaches may cause year-round allergies.

Respiratory allergy: A hidden menace

How is a respiratory allergy diagnosed? 

It's essential to know your respiratory allergies and how they affect you. If you have respiratory allergy symptoms such as a cough or sneezing, an expert doctor can help you get the best treatment. He or she makes physical and psychological observations. Your doctor might ask several questions to understand your medical history. He or she considers if you have any specific health concerns related to respiratory allergies.

How can one prevent a respiratory allergy?

To prevent respiratory allergies, it is essential to keep these things in mind:

  1. Avoiding exposure:

     

    • Stay indoors when pollen levels are high
    • Avoiding certain outdoor areas that are known to have higher concentrations of irritants
    • Wipe off the dust on bedding every day, including under sheets, pillows, headboards, and even stuffed toys
    • Keep pets out of the bedroom
    • Regularly wash bedclothes in hot water
    • Vacuum upholstered furniture regularly
    • Remove shoes at the door
    • Use an air purifier with a HEPA filter
    • Reduce humidity by using a dehumidifier
    • Keep windows shut
    • Wash hands frequently
    • Keep home clean

     

  2. Medication:

    Antihistamines may help prevent allergy symptoms, while immunotherapy (allergy shots) is used to stop hay fever.

     

  3. Change in lifestyle:

    Get rid of dust collecting objects around the house, switch to the allergen-resistant mattress and pillow covers. Quit smoking, stay away from smoky or dusty areas during pollen seasons.

     

How can respiratory allergies be treated?

There are several treatment options available:

  1. Medications:

    Antihistamines can be used to treat mild symptoms. Nasal sprays like corticosteroids and vasoconstrictors like naphazoline can help manage severe symptoms. Inhaled bronchodilators may also reduce symptoms of respiratory allergies.

     

  2. Desensitization or allergy shots:

    It effectively treats hay fever caused by pollen.

     

  3. Allergen avoidance:

    Avoiding allergens is the most effective way to prevent respiratory allergies. However, if exposed, having an action plan can help reduce symptoms and severity of the reaction.

     

  4. Homeopathic treatment for respiratory allergy:

     

    • Homeopathic treatment for respiratory allergy looks for the underlying causes of disease and stimulates the body's healing system. Homeopathic treatment refers to both preventive measures as well as curative ones.
    • Homeopathy does not attempt to treat an acute attack that is already in progress. Instead, it should be given before the onset of asthma or an allergy attack.
    • It helps prevent attacks during the pollen season. Take one dose every 2-3 weeks before pollen season begins. Pregnant women can also take homeopathic treatment without risk to either mother or baby. 
    • Dr Batra’s® homeopathic doctors prescribe treatment for respiratory allergies depending upon the totality of your symptoms. Get your allergy score through the allergone test.

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Dr. RUSHI P VYAS
Authored By

Dr. RUSHI P VYAS

BHMS

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