“Can allergies cause fatigue?”, asks the tired version of yourself as you slouch your way onto your bed after a long day at work, half of which you probably spent sneezing on everything and everyone.
It’s not your fault that you have allergies, and it’s definitely not your fault that you feel more tired than usual.
Either way, you’re blaming your allergies for it, but why? Is there really any truth behind it? Can allergies cause fatigue and make you feel tired?
How Can Allergies Cause Fatigue?
First things first, yes, allergies can indeed cause fatigue.
How? Well, you see, when you have a stuffy nose and a throbbing head, you have difficulty sleeping. Because of this, you won’t feel as energized in the morning when you wake up. In addition to this, allergic reactions can cause your body to release chemicals that can make you feel a lot more tired than you usually do.
The combination of minimal sleep and nasal congestion makes for a potent mix that leads to fatigue and feeling as if you’re in a dream-like state.
What Can I Do About Allergy-Caused Fatigue?
Luckily, allergies are something that you can fix on your own. You can’t exactly fully make yourself immune to allergies, but there are ways to minimize your exposure to allergens.
Below, you’ll find tips to help you deal with allergy-caused fatigue.
1. Avoid or limit exposure to allergens
Your allergens are the main reason for your fatigue. Because, if you were not exposed to your allergens, you won’t have allergies, and you won’t feel tired.
If it’s the spring season, make sure to keep an eye out on the local pollen report. Try to keep your time outside at a minimum and take a bath, as well as change clothes, as soon as you come home.
If you don’t know what you’re allergic, try to have a skin or blood test done so you know what to avoid going forward.
2. Take your medicine
Antihistamines blocks the release of histamine, which is largely responsible for what happens when you have allergies – runny nose, watery eyes, drowsy feeling, and so on.
Unfortunately, antihistamines can make you feel tired. In fact, you’ll be better off sleeping immediately after taking the medication. But, if you want to stay awake during the day, there are types of antihistamine that do not make you feel drowsy, or at least, not as drowsy.
Nasal sprays can also help minimize your allergy symptoms, although you might want to check with your physician first to see what is best for you.
3. Consider allergy shots
Worse comes to worst, allergy shots are your best bet to minimizing allergy symptoms.
Basically, what happens is that you’re taking small injections of allergens under your skin. Because the amount is usually not enough to cause an allergic reaction, you’ll mostly feel fine. However, allergy shots can help make allergies less frequent, and when you do have an allergic reaction, it is likely to be much less severe.
That foggy feeling caused by allergies can be annoying, but you can learn how to deal with it, and even eliminate it.
Follow these tips, and work closely with your physician. That way, you’ll find a way to combat allergens and make the so-called “allergy brain fog” less of a normal thing for you.