SYMPTOMS OF RESPIRATORY:
DISCOMFORT AND DISABILITY
Sneezing fits, blocked nose, eye problems, etc. – respiratory allergies blight the lives of sufferers. In children, they can even be harmful to their normal development.
A respiratory allergy can manifest itself as allergic rhinitis and/or asthma. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis are:
- Blocked or runny nose;
- Itching nose;
- Red eyes that sting or water.
The symptoms of allergic asthma include:
- Breathing difficulties (tightness, shortness of breath);
- Dry cough, wheezing.
More generally, respiratory allergies are accompanied by tiredness and irritability1.
Work, social activities: a daily disability
It’s difficult to be in “top form” with respiratory allergies! They affect sleep, which causes drowsiness during the day and problems with concentration. By reducing work performance, they have a significant negative impact on productivity 2. Respiratory allergies are the leading cause of lost working days in Europe!3
A recent study4 has shown that severe allergic rhinitis represents a burden comparable to that of illnesses such as hepatitis C, migraines or diabetes.
Obstacles to child development
In children, allergic rhinitis contributes to school absenteeism and impairs both the quality of learning and academic results5. It can also lead to less involvement in daily, physical and social activities that are crucial to a child’s personal development and wellbeing 6-7.
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