Ah, spring. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and it seems everyone is sneezing from allergies. But why do we, orthopedic specialists, care about allergies? The answer may not be an obvious one, but it is a simple one. As your body tries to eliminate allergens, it triggers inflammation. That inflammation can cause pain beyond just your nose or ears. It can also affect your joints. Furthermore, it takes energy for your body to fight off a constant onslaught of allergies, which leads to fatigue. That’s also known to aggravate joint pain.
The Signs of Allergies
Before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s important to know that seasonal allergies happen when your immune system overreacts to something in the environment that normally doesn’t cause issues for other people. Common triggers of seasonal allergies include grass, pollen and mold. General allergy symptoms are:
- Itchy throat, eyes and/or skin
- Joint, back and neck pain
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
What’s an Allergy Sufferer to Do?
Outside of moving, there are preventative measures that allergy sufferers can take to help ease exacerbated joint pain during allergy season.
- Stay pollen count aware. When it’s high, stay inside.
- If you’ve been outside, hit the showers. Rinsing off as soon as you get home can help you reduce the number of allergens you carry into the house.
- Give Rover a bath, too. Just like you, your pets can carry allergens inside your home with them, so bathe them regularly as well.
- Antihistamines are your friend. As an allergy sufferer, you likely already know that. They usually take about an hour to take effect. Reach for the nasal sprays for severe allergies. If you know that seasonal allergies can get the best of you, get ahead of your symptoms and take your medication early.
- Stay hydrated. When you become dehydrated, your body produces higher histamine levels, which aggravate allergies. Decongestants can also dry you out. All of that combined also exacerbates joint pain because water has a lubricating effect on your joints, so make sure to drink even more water during allergy season.
If Joint Pain Persists or Becomes Unbearable…
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