Allergies and Fatigue

by Allergy Guy

Fatigue is a big problem for most people allergies.

Fatigue is certainly a common allergy symptom, and there are at least two reasons for this that I know of.

The first is that an allergic reaction is like being sick. Normally, we become sick when we have an infection. The body fights it off, which takes lots of energy. Result: you get tired.

An allergy is the body mistakenly thinking that an ordinary substance such as a wheat protein or gluten, is an infection. The body is wrong, but it treats the substance in the same way as an infection. Result: you get tired, just like having the flu or a cold.

The other reason, and I know this happens in my case, is that allergies can affect your sleep. If you can’t sleep properly, you will feel a bit tired the first day, more the next, and eventually you will become chronically fatigued. Add this to the tiring effects of the body fighting the substance you are allergic to, and its not surprising that you get so tired.

The most obvious solution is to avoid the allergen, if you know what it is. See the article on self-testing for allergies for some ideas, or get tested with a professional allergist. Or both.

Also, try to stay caught up on your sleep. Take naps if you can, go to bet earlier if you can. Avoid sleeping pills. They are addictive, and while the induce sleep, they do not provide true rest.

I hope that helps. If you have any other suggestions, please share them in the comments section.

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1 Kil Yul Chung April 26, 2012 at 10:19

Please, let me know the herb treatment for Chronic fatigue.

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2 TRUDY NIE May 19, 2013 at 12:09

I eliminated 90% of allergy symptoms by taking the RAST blood test and never eating any of the foods on my list of allergies. BUT for a few weeks in spring and fall, I am just “falling down” tired and could just sleep day and night. Would I fight this by taking allergy medication as if I were treating a runny nose or scratchy throat, sneezing, etc.?

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3 Allergy Guy May 23, 2013 at 18:43

I don’t see any reason not to try it. Please let us know how it goes for you.

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