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Common manifestations of allergic reaction are Asthma, Hayfever, Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, Urticaria and Bowel problems.


Asthma is a condition characterized by recurrent attacks of wheezing, coughing & shortness of breath, associated with a narrowing of the bronchial airways. The bronchial tubes constrict excessively & become inflamed, along with the surrounding tissues. 


Bronchitis is an inflammation of the respiratory tract and can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection. It is often a complication of an upper respiratory tract infection such as the common cold or a generalised viral illness such as influenza or measles. Bronchitis can be acute, following a virus or a cold and is usually short lived with the person getting over this with rest and or antibiotics. It can also be chronic, diagnosed after 3 months of on going coughing and excess mucous production.

Colds and Flu

The symptoms of the common cold include head congestion, difficult breathing, coughing, headache, fever, restlessness, sneezing, watery eyes and aches & pains. Infection in the upper respiratory tract can progress to the chest. 


Pneumonia is a very serious lung infection, which can be caused by a bacteria, virus, parasite or fungi. It more commonly affects babies under 2 and those over 65 years of age. People with a weakened immune system are more vulnerable to contract pneumonia, but given the right conditions, anyone can contract pneumonia.

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