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Overview

We usually refer to the term allergy when we think actually about the allergic response, which is the acute type of the condition, but since it is rather a repetitive problem, it is usually understood as the chronic health problem. In some cases, this auto-immune reaction can as well be acute and intense, and possibly life-threatening, such is in the case when someone is allergic to a wasp sting, for instance. The most common indicator of the allergy are the runny nose, the inflammation of the sinuses, the nasal congestion, sneezing, the skin rash and so on, but, the most troublesome and potentially lethal could be the troubles with breathing. The most common characteristic trouble is manifested as the disability to take a deep breath, and this is the most frequent and most tightly accompanying problem to the allergies and the similar health problems of the respiratory system.

Although this problem of not being able to inhale deeply may be rather terrifying, it should be understood as one of the indicators of some types of this condition. However, this problem closely resembles the attack of asthma, because of the apparent damage of the breathing tubes, in the both cases.

How to deal with this breathing problem?

In the majority of the cases, the allergic responses of this kind are, in fact, the ones triggered by the entrance of the harmful substances and allergens from the environmental air, through the process of inhaling the air. However, it could also be provoked by introducing any potentially harmful substance along with the foods that can also trigger the auto-immune response. Therefore, besides the apparent trouble while trying to breathe normally, the accompanying and rather intense ache in the chest is felt, too.  Those are the logical consequences of the congestion of the bronchi which are the passages for the air to the lungs.

As far as the treatment is concerned, the quick reaction and the immediately provided first aid are essentially important for dealing with such the attack quickly and effectively. So, the first thing that should be done is to enable the inhalation of the air with the special device, called inhaler, and secondly, to discover what caused the allergic attack to the respiratory system and to move the affected person away from it, if it is possible. After helping the patient to calm down and to breathe deeply, the allergy testing should be performed, in order to know which allergens the patient should stay away from in the future. Of course, the condition is to be treated with the specific medications, called antihistamines.

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