Surprising Ways Your Allergies Make You Miserable
By Sara Butler
Most people are familiar with the less desirable effects of allergy season – you don’t have to look further than their runny noses and itchy eyes to tell. Allergies can really make you feel terrible, but there are ways you may not even realize your allergies are making your life more difficult. Here are some of the most surprising ways your allergies can impact you and what you can do to help.
You are getting plenty of sleep at night, so why are you so tired all the time? Well, it could be your allergies. Allergies trigger a release of chemicals in your body that causes inflammation, which can wipe you out all on their own. These chemicals can also ramp up mucous production, causing difficult breathing. And that can impact your sleep whether you notice it or not.
To try to combat this, talk to your doctor about nasal sprays for allergies or antihistamines you can take.
You may notice that you have frequent nosebleeds at the height of allergy season. It has to do with that pesky inflammation triggered by allergies! When you throw in all the nose wiping, nose blowing, and drying out effects of some medications, you get cracked tissue in your nostrils that can easily bleed.
If you get a nosebleed, lean your headforward so the blood runs out -- and not back into your sinus where it can cause infection -- and apply pressure to your nose for at least 20 minutes. If it becomes a regular problem, then talk to your doctor about things you can do to reduce inflammation in your nose. You can also get some saline nose spray to keep your nose moist.
Loss of Smell, Taste, or Hearing
You can only ignore congestion for so long before you may start to experience other side effects such as loss of smell, taste, or hearing – and those can be alarming! The congestion caused by allergies can put pressure on your middle ear, causing fluid to build up and leading ultimately to the loss of hearing. The congestion also blocks your nose, making it more difficult to smell and therefore taste the food you’re eating.
You may need to speak with a doctor about what you can do to reduce congestion if it’s gotten to the point where several of your senses are dulled. It’s important to address chronic inflammation in your nose since it can lead over time to nasal polyps.
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