More than Just Your Head
When most of us think about allergies, we tend to just think about the sniffly noses and the frequent sneezing. And for those with mild allergies, this is probably as bad as things will get. But there are sources that have shown that bad seasonal allergies can also be linked to things like severe joint paint, neck aches, backaches, and muscle aches.
There is even a chance that you could begin to experience a low-grade fever. This makes it confusing to tell the difference between your allergies or something like a cold or the flu. It is a frustrating endeavour all around.
Believe it or not, however, the link between the two was actually established several decades ago. Studies found that patients complaining of low-grade fever, fatigue, pains, and aches also reported that they had either food or seasonal allergies.
How are the Two Related?
Seasonal allergies typically impact your nasal area and the symptoms will likely be above the neck area. Pollen, however, can actually have an impact on your entire body. This is because the pollen itself can put your body, specifically the immune system, into overdrive trying to battle it.
When you have allergies, particularly bad ones, it can result in raised levels of inflammation. This is because your immune system is trying to react to the pollen with your body trying to push out those allergens that are causing chaos. This is where the joint ache comes into play.
With increased levels of inflammation in your body, combined with excessive coughing and sneezing, can result in strain to your abdomen, neck and back. Think about it: when you sneeze or cough, your torso tenses up in response.
Body aches tend to not be normally associated with seasonal allergies, so double check to make certain that you don’t have a cold or flu first. But if you do, it is likely because of the physical strain from coughing and sneezing.
Even if the aches are a cause of the aforementioned issues, you can get the correct treatment to help yourself. Your allergies can potentially lead to things like a sinus infection or respiratory issues, so getting treatment is important on the path to recovery.
There is a good chance that you will also feel pretty tired and fatigued when your allergies are particularly bad. This can impact your sleep pattern and can make your pains and aches all the worse. Your body can start to feel wearier than normal trying to fight off the causes of your allergies.
What Can be Done About it?
Now that we know that there is a connection between the two, there needs to be some kind of resolution. And the unfortunate thing is that allergies can’t be totally eliminated. They can, however, be treated and mitigated through medicine.
When it comes to your aches and pains, however, there are other methods that you can implement. The first is to enjoy a nice hot soak if you have access to salt water hot tubs or just in the bathtub. Taking a warm bath or soaking in the hot tub can help to relieve inflammation in joints and soothe aches and pains.
There are also more natural and herbal remedies as opposed to something like prescription pain medicine. Chia seeds have beneficial health properties and there are many properties of herbal teas that can contribute to treating aches and pains.
Keep an eye on the problem, as well. If you feel like seasonal allergies are the culprit for your sneezing, coughing, aches, and pains, try to limit how much you go outside. If it truly is seasonal allergies, they should resolve themselves sooner rather than later. But if they don’t it might be indicative of a different problem.
There are also anti-inflammatory medicines out there that you could try. Even if you can tolerate the sneezing, coughing, and sniffling, those aches and pains can be a major thing to deal with. Using an anti-inflammatory will bring down the levels of inflammation in your body and make it easier for your body to battle the aches and pains that result.
So, while you can’t totally eliminate allergies nor those aches and pains that will eventually become more common than they should, there are plenty of things that can be done to treat them. Implement some of these methods into your life and you should be able to at least mitigate the impacts that your allergies have.
Find the Cause
It is important to identify the cause of those aches and pains. When you have severe allergies, taking an antihistamine is common because it can help to put a lid on those sneezes and coughs while simultaneously helping with your aches and pains.
But if taking antihistamines doesn’t make the aches and the pains go away, it might be another cause. It is important that in the event your aches and pains persist, you consult a physician. There could be an underlying disorder like fibromyalgia or arthritis that could be the result of the problem.
Disorders like those can be consistently painful without treatment options. In no way should you attempt to treat it on your own; consult your physician to get the proper treatment. Without it, your body could suffer serious damage and living life normally could become an impossibility.
Seasonal allergies can be a serious pain in the backside, but there are many different things that you can do to treat the issue instead of simply having to live with it.
Article By: Peter Rossi, founder of ByRossi.