RICHARD Byaruhanga an ear, nose and throat specialist, says some of the causes of respiratory allergies include dust, cold, pollen, air conditioning, fur coats and strong-scented perfumes.
In case the respiratory allergy is within the throat, it usually starts with a feeling of having a foreign body in the throat. â€œThe patient feels the need to clear their throat constantly,â€ Byaruhanga says.
This may be followed by a chronic cough or loss of breath like in asthma.
Respiratory allergies affecting the nose usually start with excessive sneezing, itching, nasal congestion and mucoid nasal discharge.
As regards to allergies of the ear and eyes, Byaruhanga says there are mainly signified by excessive itching and blotching of the skin.
Caution and diagnosis
Byaruhanga advises that it is important to make a clear diagnosis in case an allergy is suspected and appropriate drugs administered.
However, he cautions that even one usually suffers an allergy but on onset of the reaction, new symptoms that were originally not noticed arise, the patient should seek medical attention.
He adds that the best treatment is to avoid the different allergens, for instance if one is allergic to cold, they should make sure to keep warm during the cold season.
In case of allergies from animal fur, pets should be kept away from the house and fluffy material should be avoided as well because it may trigger sneezing.