Tiredness – a common symptom of hay fever and allergy

Allergy is often associated with hay fever and watery eyes, but allergy tiredness is another very common symptom. While the problems affecting your nose and eyes often appear a few minutes after having been exposed to the allergen, or the irritating substance, other symptoms such as tiredness, headache, ear pressure and even symptoms like deteriorated memory, concentration difficulties and irritation, may appear several hours after exposure. It is understandable if you are experiencing a decreased quality of life, as you are constantly tired, fortunately there is help available.

Hay fever tiredness

If you are more tired certain times of the year, for example, during spring or summer, you may be suffering from hay fever, which could be the cause of your tiredness. If so, you are most likely also suffering from other common allergy symptoms, for example a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy, red and swollen eyes, itchy throat and nose.

About one fifth of all adolescents and adults are bothered by pollen during spring and summer, and many people are having problems with their allergy throughout all of the hay fever season, from March until August.

Allergy all year round & allergy fatigue

Some people experience allergy fatigue stemming from their allergy all year round. This is called non-seasonal, or perennial allergy, and can be more difficult to diagnose. Allergies to dogs, cats or dust mites are some examples of perennial allergies.

Both seasonal and non-seasonal allergy is treated first and foremost with over-the-counter medicines. In order to treat mild seasonal allergies, doctors are usually starting out by recommending over-the-counter antihistamine tablets; and to treat more severe or prolonged problems, a nasal spray containing cortisone similar medicines may be an option.  In order to reach stronger effects it is possible to combine antihistamine tablets and nasal spray.

Do not give up if you're still not free of problems. Your doctor will be able to prescribe something stronger and help you find a treatment that suits you. In some cases of severe allergies immunotherapy treatment may be an option. Higher doses of the allergen will then be injected, and your body will gradually get used to it. Such treatment usually takes 3-5 years to complete.

UK/GEN/15/0057d                 Date of preparation: December 2015 

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