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Coping with allergies

He was always holding a cloth or tissue to clean up a running nose as he suffered for one month. He took medicine three times a day as a pharmacist advised but the condition was not any better and worse at night when the temperature dropped.

Then Mr Nok decided to see a doctor at hospital where he was diagnosed with inflammation inside his nose or an allergy to dust and pollution. The doctor told him that today many people are suffering and cases are increasing. Dust may be the main factor leading people to suffer these symptoms.

In developed countries, people with dust allergies often suffer the most inside their own homes or in other people's homes. Oddly enough, their symptoms often worsen during or immediately after vacuuming, sweeping and dusting. The process of cleaning can stir up dust particles, making them easier to inhale.

In developing countries, including Laos, people with dust allergies often suffer the most outside their home, along the road in particular. This is because many roads are unpaved, leading to dust floating around the air leading people to often wear masks.

These allergies also make it difficult to breathe and may trigger asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath. Dust also just makes some people itchy.

The dust allergy symptoms consist of sneezing, runny or stuffy nose; red, itchy or teary eyes; wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath and itching.

To solve the problem, you are advised to make changes to your home and to your behaviour.

At home, remove wall-to-wall carpets, particularly in the bedroom. Keep pets out of the bedroom, and preferably out of the house. Minimize household humidity. If you think you may have an allergy to any of the components of house dust, see an allergist. Sometimes the medical consultation will reveal a likely culprit—for instance, a girl who gets a stuffy nose every time she plays with a friend's cat might have an allergy to cats.

Deputy Director of Children's Hospital, Dr Somxay Billamay, said that there are many factors causing allergies. Some people suffer allergies with inhaling flower pollen or with animal fur. Avoidance is the best strategy for allergies.

“Breastfeeding at early age can be the best way to create allergic immunity for children when they are adults,” he said.

According to allergyuk.org, allergies are widespread in the UK. Millions of adults suffer from at least one allergy, with numbers continuing to rise. Each year the number of allergy sufferers increases by 5 percent, half of all affected being children.

According to the World Allergy Organisation, allergic diseases are affecting the lives of more than one billion people worldwide. With an epidemic rise during the last 60 years, their prevalence is expected to reach up to 4 billion by the 2050s.



By Times Reporters
(Latest Update February 18, 2017)

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