Respiratory allergies can develop due to various environmental stimuli including animal dander, dust mites, air pollutants and pollen. These allergens are usually airborne which allows them to enter the nasal passages, eyes and lungs where they trigger irritation and inflammation. The indications of respiratory allergies are considered diverse and might indicate respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, asthma or pneumonia.
What are the nasal symptoms of respiratory allergies?
If the individual has respiratory allergies, nasal symptoms can develop upon exposure to certain allergens such as pollen or mold. The typical nasal symptoms that are indicative of respiratory allergies include runny, stuffed or itchy nose, postnasal drainage or sneezing.
The allergies can also lead to sinus pressure or pain around the eyes or nose. These can be controlled or alleviated by using over-the-counter antihistamines.
Eye and ear symptoms
There are certain allergens that can trigger the development of eye or ear-related symptoms. Exposure to paint fumes, tobacco smoke or dust mites can irritate the eyes. These allergens are capable of causing itchy or water eyes, reddened or bloodshot eyes.
It is recommended to use an over-the-counter eye drop to alleviate the eye symptoms linked with respiratory allergies. The nasal symptoms connected with the respiratory allergies can also lead to ear-related symptoms such as ear popping or congestion. In severe cases, ear congestion can also lead to hearing difficulties.
If the individual has respiratory allergies and exposed to certain allergy triggers, he/she can develop lung symptoms. The inhalation of the allergens such as animal dander or air pollutants can trigger inflammation or irritation of the lungs or bronchial tissue.
Once this occurs, the individual with allergies can manifest symptoms such as wheezing, dry cough or difficulty breathing. Depending on the severity of the allergy, some might develop respiratory conditions such as pneumonia, bronchitis or asthma. An air purifier or closing the windows can minimize exposure to the allergens, thus limiting or preventing the development of these symptoms.