Can Allergies Make You Tired?

AdobeStock_264017036_small.jpgWe all know someone who blames every little symptom they experience on their allergies, but it turns out they may be on to something in many cases. The symptoms of seasonal and environmental allergies are fairly common knowledge these days - congestion, sneezing, sinus headaches, nasal swelling, etc. - but a lesser-known symptom is fatigue. If you suffer from seasonal or chronic allergies, they could be making you feel tired. How and why does this happen? Let’s take a look…

How Allergies Cause Fatigue

Most of us tend to blame fatigue or tiredness on lack of sleep, stress, work, and other outside causes - and those are still possible contributors - but your allergy symptoms could also be working in tandem to create the mid-day drag that you feel. Here’s how…

  • Allergy triggers cause increased mucus production and swelling in the nasal cavities, which can cause post-nasal drip and difficulty breathing when you’re trying to sleep.
  • Your immune system treats allergy triggers the same way it would treat viruses and bacteria, causing your body to put in a lot of effort fighting off the pollen, dust, and dander that triggers your symptoms. All of that work can leave your body feeling tired.
  • Lastly, many over-the-counter allergy medications contain antihistamines, which are notorious for causing drowsiness.

Other sneaky allergy symptoms can include brain fog, body aches, and dizziness, but if those are accompanied by fever, you might be dealing with a virus or other issue.

If you experience seasonal or chronic allergy symptoms, your best course of action is to get allergy tested and get treated directly for what triggers your symptoms. At Ashford Clinic, we offer Allergy Treatment with effective allergy drops to help you with the things that trigger your symptoms. Give us a call to learn more or to make an appointment!