In times of pandemic we are scared by the effects that our health may have and even more so if we can confuse a respiratory allergy with a Covid-19 issue.
Dr. Gabriela Acosta, an allergist, points out that respiratory allergy is a chronic inflammation of the respiratory tract, which can manifest itself at a higher level with a rhinitis characterized by nasal itching, transparent nasal discharge, sneezing, and can also affect the airways lower like the bronchi and cause bronchial asthma evidenced by coughing, pressure in the chest and wheezing.
In addition, it is very common for patients with rhinitis to also suffer from allergic conjunctivitis. The allergy is identified, first, through the symptoms and signs that the patient presents, in addition to identifying the allergens that cause the allergy, skin or blood tests are carried out.
“The treatment of allergy is based on its control with three fundamental pillars: with measures to avoid the specific causative allergens of each person, pharmacological treatment and immunotherapy to increase the allergenic tolerance of the allergic person.
During confinement, treatment can be maintained with strict control of environmental measures. The allergy differs from Covid-19, because the latter is an infectious disease, characterized by fever, sore throat, general malaise, cough, in some cases respiratory distress and the allergy does not present with these symptoms.
The person with respiratory allergy should avoid exposure to allergens causing their allergy, should not smoke, avoid exposure to fumes and smog. You must follow the pharmacological and environmental recommendations prescribed by the allergist ”, explains the specialist.
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