When you think of allergy symptoms, you probably consider itchy eyes, congestion, runny nose, sneezing, scratchy throat and hives. What many don’t realize is that allergies can also lead to fatigue. We review the connection below.
What Is Allergy Fatigue?
Allergy fatigue describes the feeling of persistent tiredness, decreased motivation and mood problems during an allergic reaction.
According to one study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, “During ragweed seasons, allergic patients reported higher levels of general fatigue and mental fatigue, but not physical fatigue, as well as reduced motivation. Patients described experiencing feelings of greater sadness and reduced pleasurable engagement.”
How Do Allergies Cause Fatigue?
There are thought to be several ways allergies can contribute to fatigue:
- During allergic reactions, your body releases the chemical histamine that can cause fatigue.
- Your immune system is working overtime during an allergic reaction, which can leave your body feeling overworked, weak and just exhausted in general.
- Allergies also impact sleep quality, leaving you with daytime fatigue.
- An allergic reaction can cause brain fog because nasal allergies affect the amount of oxygen being taken in from your nose.
How Can I Prevent Allergy Fatigue?
Follow our tips below to prevent allergy fatigue:
- Learn your triggers. Getting an allergy test at ENT of Georgia North can reveal exactly what’s triggering your allergic reactions.
- Practice avoidance. Once you know what you’re allergic to, you can try to avoid it. For example, if you’re allergic to pollen, you can stay indoors with the windows closed when pollen counts are high and hire a professional to do your yardwork.
- Take over-the-counter medications. Antihistamines, decongestants and corticosteroids can all provide relief.
- Use a neti pot. Neti pots, found at Wender & Roberts Pharmacy, relieve congestion by flushing out the nasal and sinus cavities.
- Keep your head elevated. During sleep, elevating your head can prevent mucus from building up so you can sleep better.
- Talk about immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a long-term solution for allergies that works by desensitizing your body to allergens over time.
For more information about allergy fatigue or to schedule an appointment with an expert allergist, call ENT of Georgia North today.