November 24, 2002
Keep allergies at bay
H. K. Kharbanda
has become a part of your life — those recurring sniffles. Cold
medications haven’t worked, nor have grandma’s age-old remedies. You
worry about the crucial presentation you have to do the next morning and
try to wave the cold away with a quick-fix capsule. At times such
conditions could be due to an allergy. The skin, eyes, nose, throat,
lungs, gastrointestinal tract, almost every organ of body is prone to
allergy. The immune system that is supposed to protect, sometimes
over-reacts, causing you to be allergic. One-fifth of world’s
population and 20 crore people in India, are affected by this condition.
Commonly triggered by genetic factors, allergies are easily
controllable, simply by observing what makes them occur. Why, even a
condition like asthma is an allergy, but can nevertheless by controlled.
But if cold persists, it
is time to seek medical advice. A simple indication of an allergy is
that sneezing or itching keeps recurring. Often a recurring inflammation
or swelling of the nose is called shinitis, is also caused by an allergy
and it is easy to observe some definite triggering factors.
Even house dust can cause
an allergy, be it a breathing problem or skin rash. More and more eye
allergies being observed in urban areas occur because pollution and
smoke are the main causes. Allergies are usually recurring and people
are commonly allergic to milk, milk products, chocolates, nuts, tinned
products containing preservatives.