According to statistics about 30% of the population suffers from some form of an allergy. An allergy (in other words: sensitisation, hypersensitivity) is a disease in which the immune system reacts to substances which are safe for humans (allergens) by triggering an immune system defence. Allergies can have a mild course (e. »
Rhinitis is very frequently a symptom of an infection of the upper respiratory tract. It may also mean an allergy, namely the body’s hypersensitivity reaction to an allergic factor (the allergen). Rhinitis accompanying an allergy is most often persistent and watery. »
If you suffer from rhinitis, the cause is usually a banal viral infection of the upper respiratory tract which can happen to anyone in the autumn-winter period. However, when you have no other symptoms of the common cold apart from rhinitis (sore throat, cough, increased body temperature), ensure you know how to differentiate between allergic rhinitis and viral rhinitis before you administer the proper medication.
Allergic rhinitis is a hypersensitivity reaction to an allergenic factor (the allergen). »
It might seem that rhinitis is a harmless complaint which you can treat on your own using over the counter medications. However, before you use the proper medication for rhinitis you should learn what types of rhinitis there are in order to treat it quickly and effectively. Viral rhinitis, purulent rhinitis, sinus rhinitis, allergic rhinitis, chronic rhinitis are the most common types of rhinitis. »
Autoimmune diseases (allergies also belong to this group) can affect the whole body. Different allergens can cause different kinds of allergies with symptoms ranging from issues with the digestive system, respiratory system or the skin.
Skin allergies affect the body’s biggest organ: the skin. »
Allergy symptoms depend on the type of allergy we have. The most frequent allergy – contact allergy gives a reaction almost immediately after contact with the allergen.
The most frequent allergy symptoms are:
dermal: urticaria (hives), skin rash – especially in places which are the point of contact with the allergen, part of the body where the skin is thin e. »
Pollens from plants (flowers, trees, grass) are popular allergens. Pollen allergies appear especially in spring and summer. Pollen allergy symptoms are: allergic rhinitis (runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion), allergic conjunctivitis, general malaise, sometimes also attacks of breathlessness. »
There is a continuous discussion between advocates and opponents of natural treatment methods: is homeopathy an effective measure? Can we treat an allergy by homeopathic medicinal products?
Homeopathy and allergies
Homeopathy is a type of alternative medicine which is based on taking the substances which cause similar effects to our condition. These substances are applied in heavily diluted form. Currently we still have no scientific proof how homeopathy can cure an illness. »
A cross-allergy often affects allergic people, especially those who have pollen allergy. These people get the same symptoms as those after contact with plant pollens when they eat vegetables or fruit.
A cross-allergy, in other words, has the same allergic symptoms after contact with different allergens. »
Effective treatment for all allergies is not possible if we are not sure to which allergens we are allergic to. We can check this by using allergy tests. The allergy tests can be ordered by allergist. »