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Respiratory Allergies

Seasonal allergies (i.e., allergic rhinitis) and indoor, or year-round, allergies all fall under the umbrella of respiratory allergies. 

About Respiratory Allergies

A variety of health issues can cause your respiratory issues and discomfort, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer, tuberculosis, pneumonia, stress, asthma, and allergies. In fact, up to 90 percent of children and 60 percent of adults with asthma have underlying allergies that trigger their asthma.1,2

 

Explore Types of Respiratory Allergies

Allergic Rhinitis
Allergic Rhinitis
Indoor Allergies
Indoor Allergies

90% of children and 60% of adults

Up to 90 percent of children and
60 percent of adults with asthma have underlying allergies that trigger
their asthma.1,2 

There are several allergens that could cause respiratory symptoms, including:

  • Animals
  • Dust mites
  • Insects
  • Mold
  • Grass pollens
  • Tree pollens
  • Weed pollens
  • Mouse urine3



Respiratory issues can also stem from irritants such as air pollution, chemical fumes, cigarette smoke, and strong odors, including scented lotions and perfumes.

 


Common respiratory allergy symptoms

  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Chest tightness
  • Shallow breathing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing

The same immune system reaction that causes other allergy symptoms—such as nasal congestion or inflammation, and a runny nose—can also affect the lungs and airways, which can lead to respiratory symptoms.

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References

 

  1. Allen-Ramey F, et al. J Am Board Fam Pract 2005;18(5):434-439.
  2. Host A, Halken S. Allergy 2000;55:600-608.
  3. Matsui EC. Management of rodent exposure and allergy in the pediatric population. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2013 Dec;13(6):681-6. doi: 10.1007/s11882-013-0378-4. PMID: 23912589; PMCID: PMC3840032.