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Is There a Link Between Your Allergies and Dizziness?

Written by Silverstein Institute
Published: 27 Jul 2020

AdobeStock_27404992.jpegFeeling dizzy can be miserable, you will want to find the root cause and fix it as quickly as possible. There are a number of conditions that can cause you to feel dizzy, and nausea often goes along with the dizziness. You might simply be dehydrated or you may have a medication that is causing the malady. One of the other possible causes can be allergies. You may not think your allergies would affect something like your center of balance, but they can.

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Allergies are the immune system's way of responding to a foreign substance. Most allergens are not harmful to your body, but they affect different people in different ways. Some people react to certain allergens while others do not. Allergy-related sinus congestion can make you dizzy or even give you a more serious form of dizziness called vertigo.


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Allergy Induced Dizziness

If you think your allergies may be causing the dizziness you are experiencing, you will want to remedy the situation as quickly as possible. That means understanding the causes so you can make some adjustments in your life if need be.

If you are allergic to airborne allergens like dust, pet dander, or pollen, your body will release histamines to fight those allergens off when you encounter them. The histamines will then cause your allergy symptoms to kick in. Usually you will sneeze, get an itchy throat, cough, or have sinus congestion. Allergies also often affect your middle ear down to the back of your throat. This area helps to regulate your balance. When it is clogged, it cannot equalize the pressure in your ear and help your body maintain its balance and that's when you feel the dizziness.

Food allergies can also bring lightheadedness and dizziness, along with other symptoms. As the body attempts to fight off the allergen it ingests, it will have a histamine reaction similar to someone who has airborne allergies.

Dizziness symptoms can occur immediately when you encounter allergens or they can appear hours later. If dizziness is something you deal with regularly due to your allergies, you will want to visit the Silverstein Institute to talk about medications, shots, diet options, or other lifestyle changes you can use to regulate your body's reactions to allergens.





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