MANILA -- Allergies start with a sneeze or sudden itchiness of the skin. They are not something you should overlook, according to an expert.
Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (PSAAI) president and allergist Carmela Kasala discussed common allergies during summer in an interview with DZMM.
According to Kasala, eczema or atopic dermatitis is one of the common allergies during summer. Eczema is the inflammation of the skin characterized by itchy red rash.
"'Yan [eczema] dahil sa mainit medyo nagwo-worsen during this time, mas nangangati sila, mas nagkakaroon silang pamumula, nagkakamot sila ng todo-todo," Kasala said.
Anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine medication are given to reduce itchiness and redness. The alkalinity and acidity of soap are also factors to look at since high alkaline in soap is also not good for the skin.
Another common allergy is allergic rhinitis which is caused by dust mites, pollen, and other things in the air.
The PSAAI president warned that when if allergic rhinitis is not treated, it may reach the lungs and lead to asthma.
Anti-histamine may also be used for medication of mild allergic rhinitis while nasal spray is given to those who have bad cases. She said hygiene and sanitation is an important against dust mites.
"Ang allergies ay hindi binabasta-basta lang. Baka akala niyo sipon-sipon lang, konting kati-kati 'yan, hindi po. So maaari pong simple lang ang inyong allergy pero minsan po makatsempo lang kayo ng masamang masamang klase ng allergy, pwedeng mahirapan kayong huminga at 'yung iba naman umaabot na po sa puntos ng kamatayan. So kailangan po natin magkonsulta kaagad kung mayron tayong sinususpetsa na allergy," Kasala said.