Swelling and redness of the mucous membranes
Itching, tingling, or burning eyes
The length of the reactions may be brief, may last minutes or hours, or may even last for up to days following the initiating event. In certain situations, this can lead to anaphylactic shock, which must be treated immediately. Anaphylactic shock is an acute pathologic reaction of the immune system that, in the worst case, can lead to a deadly malfunction of circulation. An anaphylactic reaction can lead to swelling of the larynx, therefore causing closure of the respiratory tract.
One of the most well-known allergies is hay fever. This is an allergic inflammation of the nasal mucosa (rhinitis), that can be triggered by pollen and is therefore also known as a pollen allergy. Signs of hay fever include watery eyes, a congested nose or difficulty breathing. This type of allergy occurs seasonally, particularly in the spring and summer months, but can also continue into fall.
With allergies that impact the airway, a chronic train reaction can be triggered. Allergies are a well-known trigger for asthma. When the mucous membranes are inflamed over a longer period of time, an allergy can also predispose one to bronchitis. Chronic lung disease may lead to Cor pulmonale, or right ventricular enlargement and failure, caused by lung disease.
Many assess shortness of breath and inflamed bronchi as harmless seasonal ailments, possibly due to a cold. However, it should be determined if an allergy is the cause and if therapeutic measures can be taken to prevent unnecessary burden on the heart and the immune system. In addition to pollen, other allergies can also affect the cardiovascular system. The combination of physical stress and a weakened immune system leads to a weakening of the heart muscle and can develop into a heart muscle inflammation.
Those affected should avoid contact with allergens, the substances that trigger allergies. To strengthen the heart, it is important to exercise frequently. Mild endurance sports should be performed in order to expand the bronchi and to improve the body’s oxygen supply, therefore strengthening the function of the heart. We have created a list of heart tips to help improve your quality of life during allergy season.