Chest Congestion Caused by Allergies

Chest congestion caused by allergies can be a scary situation to handle at first; as the individual suffers from cough, chest pains, and difficulty in breathing. However, with certain modes of treatment, you are sure to feel better.
HealthHearty Staff
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2018
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Chest congestion is the excess fluid and mucus that accumulates in the lungs. An individual who is suffering may feel extremely uneasy while breathing and may also counter bouts of attacks where breathing becomes very difficult, accompanied with an ebbing chest pain, cough, and wheezing. Severe congestion in the chest is audible in the form of wheezing, and is also characterized by crackling sounds evicted when the affected individual coughs. There are certain causes that lead to this condition. Chest congestion due to allergies is the most common. Some other potential causes could be the administration of post-nasal drip, sinusitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
Can Allergies Cause Chest Congestion?
"Yes, Allergies can cause chest congestion."
You may be surprised to know that there are a number of individuals who suffer from this health trouble, however, do not even bother to consult their family physician. I hope you are not one amongst them.
► There are people who are allergic to pollen. It is when pollen spreads, that the individual susceptible to the same, may develop a reaction toward it. The individual may start to sneeze with watery mucus, runny nose, and moist eyes. Some may even develop fevers for a brief period. However, it has been observed that the sneezes and coughs may vanish after a while and cease to continue with the same intensity.
► Dust particles also cause this condition. When dust particles are encountered, an individual is exposed to an environment or an area that has a dry weather and is dirty; full of layers of dust. This may also occur if an individual is staying near a construction site where work goes on in full swing, and dust is bound to bother you. Once allergens are ingested, the individual starts to sneeze and cough with watery mucus evicted in excess.
► Allergy to molds can also cause this health issue. Dust mites and molds have a higher degree of infestation, especially during winters. Dust mites are spider-like creatures that are invisible to the naked eye. They are found predominantly on bedding.
Food allergies are not very well-known in causing chest congestion; however, their impact is eminent in nature. Increased levels of histamine in the lungs causes the individual to succumb to this trouble. As histamine is produced in the lungs, the soft tissue become inflamed; thereby, restricting the airways. Known to be a chemical in the body, histamine protects the body from infection; however, it can cause inflammation. When you ingest the food item you are allergic to, the immune system reacts to the proteins in that food, treating them as harmful. The body reacts by creating Immunoglobulin E (IgE) -- antibodies that defend it. The production of IgE antibodies causes cells in the lungs to produce histamine. There are some people who are allergic to milk and other dairy products. They cause allergic asthma in an individual.
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Eyes get watery, red and itch
  • Itchy throat
  • Dry cough
  • Erratic sleep patterns
  • Loss of taste and sense of smell
If chest congestion arises, you may apply a few remedies, such as the following:
► Keep away from areas that encourage and escalate your condition ; like sites that are dusty and filthy.
► You could also resort to keeping away from foods that elevate your symptoms and make you feel miserable with a runny nose .
► If at all you contract chest congestion due to an allergic reaction, resort to take medications as instructed. Medications, like decongestants and expectorants , help control congestion if taken as prescribed.
► During dry weather, there are possibilities that one may be affected with severe cold and cough caused by pollen allergy. Covering your mouth and nose with a wet cloth serves to be a helpful remedy when stepping out. Tie a scarf to keep dust away from your reach. This would prevent cold, and the subsequent cough cycle.
► Have spicy foods if your system allows you to do so. Pepper, hot sauce, chili peppers, and other spicy ingredients help open your nasal passage, thereby providing relief. However, if you are a constant victim of gas and acidity, this treatment mode may not be employed by you.
► Steaming also helps a great deal in clearing nasal congestion. Inhaling the hot vapors loosen the mucus and reduce the sneezes that you are caught up with.
► Gargle with warm saline water . This is indeed one of the safest and most trusted remedy to be applied, with steaming following suit.
► Vitamin C capsules also make a difference and contribute in fighting the infection that you endure.
► Place extra pillows under your head when sleeping. Slightly elevate your head while sleeping so that your nasal tract remains clear, and there is nose blockage.
► Drink plenty of water . Fluids, such as water and juice help you in staying hydrated and the more hydrated you are, the thick mucus in the nose and chest loosens up and the nasal tract is cleared.
Following these measures may help you get rid of these allergies. As far as possible, try to prevent these allergic attacks as they are not in the least pleasant to endure, besides, they are very much avoidable. After all, if you are once bitten, it is better to be twice shy! ...
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