The start of winter and the festival season have increased allergic issues. At this time of year, people soak themselves completely in the spirit of festivities and may not take proper precautions. The impact of fireworks on air quality and the potential effect of fireworks on the respiratory system of healthy individuals as well as those suffering from underlying respiratory diseases, particularly asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
During the seasonal change, there was a reported 30%–40% increase in wheezing cases, respiratory illnesses, bronchial asthma flare-ups, and bronchitis in patients of all ages and genders in India.
Allergy occurs when a person reacts to substances in the environment that are harmless to most people. These substances are known as allergens and are found in dust mites, pets, pollen, insects, ticks, moulds, foods and some medications. Every individual has a unique response to these allergens. This response can be identified as skin rashes, shortness of breath, sneezing, Snoring, heavy breathing etc.
According to the World Health Organization, the number of patients having asthma is 300 million. Clinicians recommend to observe even a single sign or symptom and it is always preferable to treat these problems when they flare up, No matter how mild it may seem. As said “Prevention is better than cure”.
Can allergic rhinitis make asthma worse?
Asthma and rhinitis often co-exist in the same patient, in children as well as in adults. Asthma is found in up to 38% of patients with allergic rhinitis (AR) and nasal symptoms are present in 6% to 85% patients with asthma. A higher prevalence or greater severity of asthma in patients with rhinitis. Some of the allergens are part of our day to day life like cold air, cigarette smoke, pollution, pollen etc. Right diagnosis and treatment combination can give relief or may improve lung function and lower the risk of severe asthma attacks.
IMPACT OF ALLERGY ON OUR QUALITY OF LIFE
People with rhinitis may feel exhausted and have less energy, a social stigma of their general activity. Whereas, children may experience anxiety, learning challenges, trouble sleeping etc. As we are surrounded with potential allergens life becomes way more complex. These challenges may increase the chances of sinusitis and chronic respiratory infections, which are connected to rhinitis and asthma. The “Quality of Life” can be improved by recognizing these potential elements/ allergens to live a life with ease.
HOW TO PREVENT YOURSELF FROM ALLERGIES
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