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GO NOSE TO NOSE WITH RESPIRATORY ALLERGY
GO NOSE TO NOSE WITH RESPIRATORY ALLERGY

Go nose-to-nose with respiratory allergy

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Dr Batra’s™

Allergies are increasing dramatically worldwide. Approximately 10-30% of the world’s adult population and up to 40% of children are affected by some type of allergies. Respiratory allergies are the most common allergies worldwide. Allergic Rhinitis affects 5-50 percent of the population worldwide among which 15-20 percent suffers from a severe form of the disease and its prevalence is increasing.

Respiratory allergy – in a nutshell

Respiratory allergies occur when your immune system has a negative reaction to some sort of airborne substance such as dust. Although these substances are not really a danger to the body, antibodies from the immune system identify the allergen as a threat. This causes certain cells to release a chemical called histamine, which leads to an allergic reaction.

Common allergens for respiratory allergies are house dust mites, animal dander, mold, spores, feathers, or pollens. In some people, these can cause allergic rhinitis or allergic asthma.

Common Respiratory allergy conditions

Allergic rhinitis: A common and distressing inflammatory condition affecting the upper airways and the membranes of the nose and eyes, caused by an allergic reaction to an allergen. Conjunctivitis often accompanies this condition. In this case, it is known as allergic rhinoconjunctivitis. This condition is often associated with asthma.

Symptoms: Blocked or running nose, sneezing, itching and watering eyes and inflamed eyelids. Symptoms may be seasonal (hay fever) or year-round.

Allergic asthma: A form of asthma caused by exposure of the bronchial mucosa to an inhaled airborne allergen. Asthma is a commonly occurring and potentially life-threatening illness where the respiratory airways become inflamed and swollen. This inflammation also causes an increase in airway responsiveness to a variety of stimuli.

Symptoms: Shortness of breath, tight chest, cough or bronchospasm, wheezing. These symptoms are usually associated with widespread but variable airflow limitation that is at least partly reversible with treatment.

Living with Respiratory allergy – Impact on Life

Respiratory allergies can have a severe impact on daily life. Almost 70% of allergic rhinitis patients feel that their condition limits their way of life. The symptoms are distressing and adversely affect the quality of life; they also result in work and school day losses.

A study showed that students with a history of allergic rhinitis who had allergy symptoms on any examination day were more than twice as likely to drop a grade. Due to the resulting irritability, tiredness, inattention, lack of concentration, sleep disturbances and daytime sleepiness, allergic rhinitis could reduce short-term memory in children compared with non-allergic children. It is also accepted that allergic rhinitis in children, and its complications can lead to emotional disorders (shame, loss of self-esteem), family problems (parent anxiety, overprotection, hostility), and even to an increased risk of depressive disorders.

Therefore, it is important to manage respiratory allergy symptoms to improve the patient’s quality of life, avoid more severe conditions and, in the case of allergic rhinitis, possibly prevent the condition from turning into asthma disease.

Allergies treatment in Homeopathy: Relieves the burden naturally

Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine that treats the total allergic symptom-picture – physical, mental and emotional.

Homeopathy treats the condition by the administration of minute doses of homeopathic remedies for allergies that would in healthy person produce symptoms similar to those of the allergic response. For example, a severe allergic reaction to bee sting is treated safely and effectively with Apis Mellifica, a homeopathic remedy, made from honeybee. Put simply, homeopathy treats not just the allergy symptoms on the surface but the entire person at three levels - skin, respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems.

Allergy treatment in homeopathy also helps to calm down your overactive immune system so that the body does not throw up a ‘war’ after exposure to otherwise harmless substances. To increase your treatment outcome and provide you a long-term solution for allergies, our doctors also suggest you healthy lifestyle changes and appropriate dietary advice.

You can consult our homeopathy experts for allergies treatment online or by booking an appointment: https://www.drbatras.ae/book-an-appointment