We all catch common colds from time to time, causing us to experience a runny nose, bouts of sneezing or congested sinuses which can be uncomfortable until the cold clears and the airways return to normal.
However, when these symptoms persist, it can be the result of a different condition such as sinusitis (an inflammation of the lining of the sinuses) or rhinitis (recurrent runny nose). These conditions could cause shortness of breath, pain and headaches, leaving you feeling run down.
Congestion and swelling can be alleviated by the use of nasal steroid sprays whilst antibiotics can treat bacterial infection. Other drugs can reduce the risk of attacks and ease discomfort but these can often cause unwanted side effects and often do not tackle the root cause of the problem.
Aside from common environmental allergens such as dust, pet hair and pollens, food and drink ingredients can often contribute to the presence and persistence of respiratory problems.
Typical symptoms or respiratory problems include:
- Persistent runny nose
- Frequent colds and infections
- Congestion of sinus, ears and/or nose
Respiration and allergies
If you find yourself experiencing breathing difficulties without an obvious cause, you should always visit your GP to rule out any underlying medical conditions which may be causing you to feel unwell. It may be that you have an allergy.