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All too frequently, people associate allergies with nothing more than sneezing and coughing. The truth is that allergies can cause many other side effects – including fatigue. Check out these ways your allergies might be affecting your energy levels and learn how Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group can help you. Then contact us at 805-658-9500 for allergy testing and treatment.
When your immune system battles something that isn’t there or that isn’t actually a threat, you have an allergic reaction. Your body will attack this non-threat by instructing your mast cells to create antibodies that are then released into your bloodstream. Additionally, your immune system will release histamine, and together the substances can create the sensation of tiredness, along with other allergy symptoms.
If your fatigue is more of a feeling of being dazed and unable to focus, then you might be dealing with brain fog. This can be the result of a number of different health issues, including fibromyalgia. However, it can also be a side effect of allergic sinusitis. This condition resembles sinusitis in some ways, but allergic sinusitis involves itchy eyes, nose, and/or throat. Allergic sinusitis can lower the amount of oxygen you get through your nose, which can give you the brain fog condition described above.
People with allergic sinusitis often breathe through their mouths instead of their noses. This can help them get the oxygen they need but it can also worsen sleep apnea. This condition involves airway blockages during the night, which can interrupt sleep and keep you in constant fatigue. It can also increase your risk for several serious medication conditions including liver disease, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.
How is this related to allergic sinusitis? Because the inflammatory reactions that cause it can also cause your adenoids and tonsils to swell up, and can dry out your sinuses. This can make sleep apnea attacks worse, or make it harder to treat. In short, if you have sleep apnea, it is worth being tested to see if you also have allergies that are making your sleep apnea worse.
There are many ways people try to treat their fatigue including increasing their caffeine intake. While some methods might provide a temporary boost, they do not actually treat the root cause. As a result, you will continue to deal with fatigue until you deal with the underlying cause.
It might be that allergies are that cause. To find out if allergies are causing or contributing to your fatigue, contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500. We can schedule a consultation so you can finally take control of your health again.