One may take breathing for granted thinking that it is just an involuntary reflex action. Breathing is an important function of respiratory system. The human Respiratory System not only provides oxygen to each cell of the body but also removes body wastes, filters out infectious agents and provides air needed for speech. Although the lungs are able to withstand the abuse in form of smoke and other pollutants, a number of disorders may impair its function. Some of these maladies are temporary, relatively harmless; others may be life threatening so one must take proper care of this system.
Acute Upper Respiratory Tract infections include Rhinitis, Pharyngitis /Tonsillitis and Laryngitis often referred to as a common cold and their complications: Sinusitis, Ear infection and sometimes Bronchitis (though bronchi are generally classified as part of the Lower Respiratory Tract). Symptoms of URI’s commonly include cough, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, headache, low grade fever, facial pressure and sneezing. Onset of the symptoms usually begins 1-3 days after the exposure to a microbial pathogen. The illness usually lasts 7-10 days. In case of affections of bronchi there may be accompanying symptoms of shortness of breath and wheezing.
Preventive Measures of Seasonal Allergies.
Use the following tips to help ward off the symptoms of common seasonal allergens and triggers.
POLLEN As good as warm spring air feels, it also spreads the biggest culprit for seasonal symptoms. Close your house and car windows, run the air conditioner, vacuum often, wash rugs and drapes, and shower in the evening to help keep bedclothes pollen-free. Repeat during the summer grass and fall ragweed seasons, if needed.
EXERCISE While many of us head outdoors for spring training, strenuous exercise in dry, still-crisp air can bring on asthma symptoms, even if you have no other triggers. Talk to your doctor about how to control exercise-induced symptoms. If you know you have seasonal allergies, consider working out indoors when allergens are rampant.
PESTICIDES Do not use aerosol sprays or foggers, which can irritate your lungs. Anything that you’re spraying into the air, you’re able to breathe in.
OUTDOOR MOLD Mold thrives in shade, compost, and rotting trees from early spring until the first frost, and, like pollen, is wind- borne. Use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to reduce moisture, keep your yard free of debris, and wear a mask while gardening or doing yard work. Vent your bathroom and kitchen while bathing and cooking.