Respiratory Allergy

Respiratory Allergies

Respiratory allergies are conditions in which symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing occur. These symptoms are caused when the body's own immune system reacts to certain substances in the air, such as pollen or mold. These substances are known as allergens.

Common allergens that can cause respiratory allergies include:

  • Pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds
  • Mold spores
  • Animal dander
  • Dust mites
  • Cockroach droppings

People who suffer from respiratory allergies may have symptoms such as itchy eyes, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, and difficulty breathing. In severe cases, respiratory allergies can cause asthma attacks. Treatment for respiratory allergies may include avoiding known allergens, taking allergy medications, or receiving allergy shots.