Allergic Fatigue Causes and How to Manage it

Tired? It could be allergies. Allergies often lead to fatigue and can also cause related symptoms such as inability to concentrate and lack of energy or motivation.

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Allergic Fatigue Causes

Steven Park, MD, an otolaryngologist in New York City and author of the book Sleep, Interrupted, confirms that allergies, especially those caused by airborne substances, can interfere with breathing and prevent a good night’s sleep. “When your nose gets stuffy, your tongue starts to fall back, creating a vacuum effect in your throat,” Dr. Park says. “So you keep waking up because you can’t breathe.”

Another cause of fatigue, ironically, may be allergy medicine taken by allergy sufferers. Some allergy medications cause drowsiness. When taken over time, they can disrupt sleep patterns.

Managing Allergic Fatigue

Avoiding allergy-causing substances can help to some degree. If you are allergic to outdoor pollens, minimize outside time. If you’re allergic to dust, clean and vacuum regularly to avoid build-up.

Another way to manage allergic fatigue is a good nighttime routine and proper timing of medications. For instance, allergic patients should abstain from ingesting pseudoephedrine–a decongestant that causes restlessness–before sleep.

For a more complete resolution of allergic fatigue, consider a permanent fix with allergy immunotherapy-either through allergy shots or sublingual allergy drops.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.