There are many different causes of dizziness in a person’s life, and left untreated, dizziness can affect day-to-day activities, because it compromises balance, coordination and vision.
But one of the lesser-known causes of dizziness is the presence of allergies. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you have probably had instances in which you felt like the world was spinning, and that you couldn’t gain your balance.
We think it’s important for you to understand why you feel dizzy when your allergies kick in, so that you can take steps to minimize these effects, which can lower your quality of life.
Why Allergies Are Sometimes the Causes of Dizziness
Allergies are your immune system’s response to something in your body that doesn’t sit right. That ‘something’ is usually referred to as an allergen, and it can be a specific food, pollen or even pet dander.
When you inhale allergens, your body immediately produces chemicals known as histamines, which fight off these foreign invaders.
Unfortunately, in addition to fighting off allergens, histamines also create the familiar symptoms you’ve come to dread, such as watery eyes, sneezing, coughing and an irritated throat.
But allergies also affect the Eustachian tube, which connects your ear to the back of your throat, and plays a large role in your balance and coordination.
When you have allergies, the Eustachian tube can become clogged with mucus, and that throws off the pressure in your ear. Once that pressure is no longer equalized, you begin to feel the dizziness that is associated with allergies.
The dizziness is directly related to the blocking of your Eustachian tube, and until the pressure equalizes in your ear again, you will likely feel dizzy.
That’s why you usually have a sensation of feeling both lightheaded and dizzy during an allergy attack, and also why after taking anti-histamine, your dizziness often fades or disappears a few hours later.
But instead of simply living with this type of dizziness, it is important to consult with an otolaryngologist, also known as an ear/nose/throat (ENT) doctor.
An ENT can give you an allergy test and create a treatment plan based on the allergens that cause you problems.
Get Control of Your Life Again
Seasonal allergies can play havoc with your life, and if you don’t seek treatment for your symptoms, you will remain on a cycle that can last for many years. One of the ways to stop this cycle is to schedule an appointment with our office to determine whether we can find you a solution that will provide you with permanent relief. Please call us today at 561-737-8584 and get started on a new path of sinus health.