It’s that time of year again! Spring has arrived, and with it comes the blooming of flowers and the shade of trees to enjoy. Unfortunately, seasonal allergies also make their appearance during this time, causing runny noses, watery eyes, and scratchy throats. What many people don’t realize is that joint pain can also be a symptom of seasonal allergies. By understanding the link between allergies and joint pain, you can take steps to prevent it.
Allergies occur when your immune system produces antibodies in response to allergens such as pollen, dust, mold, or bee venom. These antibodies release histamines, which cause inflammation in the sinuses, skin, joints, and airways, resulting in common allergy symptoms such as congestion, coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, hives, fatigue, and joint pain.
During allergy season, your body works hard to flush out foreign antigens, leading to inflammation and joint pain. Coughing and sneezing can also strain your body, making your joints, neck, and back uncomfortable and stiff.
To manage seasonal allergies and reduce joint pain, try the following tips:
- Keep your windows and doors closed.
- Shower after spending time outside to reduce allergens brought into your home.
- Bathe and groom your pets regularly.
- Take antihistamines or use nasal sprays for more severe allergy symptoms.
- Keep track of pollen counts and stay indoors when levels are high.
If you suffer from severe allergies that cause chronic joint pain, don’t hesitate to contact the specialists at Ramos Center. Our doctors can help you find healthy ways to manage your uncomfortable symptoms and get you back on your feet in no time!