Allergic conditions are now in full action, and people all over the world (including you and me) are searching for tips to abolish them so that we can keep ourselves and our families free from them.
What Is an Allergy?
Basically, an allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to a normal substance.
It may be food, plant, or animal that your body visualizes as a harmful obstacle. These obstacles are said to be allergens.
As a reaction, your body secretes a chemical substance called histamines into the veins and arteries, which induces some sort of allergy in the body.
Problems such as headache, sore throat, stuffy nose, watery eyes, runny nose, sinus, hives, sneezing, and cough are common allergy symptoms that are often seen.
These allergic indications are becoming real health challenges for all of us and should be better prevented than cured.
If not controlled, allergic reactions can even cause symptoms like joint pain, neck-shoulder pain, and migraine headache.
Now the real question arises; How could allergies, acid reflux, joint pain, and headaches all be related? Yea, of course, it is through the Brain stem.
The brain stem is basically an elongation of the brain (present as a stem-like part) which extends down in the upper cervical spine and gets connected to the spinal cord.
This is the real part of our body that connects/relates to all the conditions prevailing in the body.
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Migraine – Allergy Connection
Every one of us has already suffered from a headache, which may be mild or severe. There are also certain people who suffer from severe head pain the whole day long.
Migraine is a kind of severe headache which occurs at an average rate of 1-2 times a month and may last from 2 hours to 2 days.
The connection between migraine and allergy is a chemical reaction to an allergen, which annoys the blood vessels.
Some usual triggering factors for migraine are changes in serotonin metabolism, low magnesium levels, food allergies, hormonal imbalances, and stress.
A migraine headache can be a severe problem for many, which makes the body inactive to do any kind of job while creating the feeling of discomfort and annoyance.
What Causes Allergy and Joint Pain?
Allergy symptoms are mostly aggravated during the allergy season or spring season when the pollen counts are high in the environment.
Some may suffer from mild symptoms such as sneezing or headache, which get treated on it’s with some home remedies.
However, there are many who suffer from major issues such as sinusitis, joint pain, swelling, inflammation, fatigue, respiratory or breathing problems, etc.
If not treated soon, these may cause wreak havoc on your body.
But before getting the right treatment method, you should try to figure out the real cause of the problem.
Simply saying you should identify the triggers and the real allergies that are causing you’re the joint pain or any other symptoms.
Although bad weather is the main reason for allergies and joint pain, there can be various other allergens that can cause problems in your body.
These may include mold, pets and dogs, food (such as wheat, milk, gluten, nuts, etc.), and others.
Knowing the real cause of allergy is important because the best possible treatment options for allergies and joint pain can be figured out after knowing the reason for the allergy.
Can Allergy Cause Headache and Joint Pain?
It may not be hard to believe for you that allergies can cause mild to severe headache problems in individuals.
But would you ever believe that allergies can cause tension resulting in joint pains such as back, neck, and shoulder pain?
For sure the above-mentioned statement is correct, as headache acts as a bridge between the allergy and neck pain. In simple words, severe headaches can radiate down to other body parts making the body much more painful.
Allergy arising from any sources may make our minds stressful, due to which headaches may be caused.
Such a headache will make our body feel discomfort from the surroundings. And as such, tension arising from these many sources may lead to neck pain also.
The pain in the neck occurs when the neck gets tightened and get cramped. Typing work on the computer for prolonged hours is one of the most prominent reasons for such pains in the joints or cervical region.
Especially when the typing position is not comfortable, it causes strain and may result in neck joint pain and headache along with weird back pain.
And even worse can happen if you sit and work with a window open in your room during the spring season.
Spring allergies can aggravate joint pain in your body no matter while you are sleeping or working in your room.
Tips for Getting Rid of Allergies Headache Back and Neck Pain
In the United States, it has been seen that people suffer most from allergies during the spring season when the pollen counts are quite high.
This is the season when flowers start budding, and trees start blooming.
These seasonal allergies can also be referred to as hay fever, and there are many different factors that affect the intensity as well as the duration of allergy season (and thus allergy symptoms).
As said above, you should best get aware of the conditions and environmental conditions that are making you allergic before actually trying the preventive or curative methods.
✅ Try Staying Indoors:
One of the best ways to avoid allergy symptoms such as joint pain is by staying indoors during the peak allergy time (mid-day or afternoon).
In case you need to go out, take a shower after you are in outdoor conditions.
People who are allergic and need to work outdoors may consider wearing a filter mask which will prevent allergies and hence painful conditions.
✅ Add Humidifiers and Purifiers:
Adding a good humidifier and a purifier into your room can also help in staying away from all the allergic conditions, especially those caused due to airborne allergens.
You may consider buying a good humidifier with a purifier combo that serves both purposes i.e. filtering and humidifying the air in the room.
✅ Avoid Allergic Food and Conditions:
Proper awareness about the diet, the food, or the drink that makes us allergic will help to reduce the effect of allergic disorders.
Certain foods, drinks, illnesses, and working without proper glasses may cause allergic conditions in the body, which in turn results in neck, back, ear, or head pain.
However, doing your work in a way that refreshes your body and mind will reduce the tension and stress. And thus reduces the associated problems.
✅ Medications, Drugs, and Therapies:
Effective medications (both over-the-counter as well as prescription required) for treating and controlling the allergy symptoms are often recommended by the doctor.
These may include antihistamines, nose sprays, etc.
Over-the-counter drugs such as Tylenol and Advil can work great in case you are suffering from mild joint pain due to an allergy.
Cold and hot packs (for ice and heat therapy) can be tried out if inflammation, swelling, or muscle cramps exist.
In a few severe cases, the doctor may also recommend physical therapy for relaxing the joint pain and for strengthening muscles around the joints.
✅ Visit Your Doctor In Advance:
Do not forget to visit your doctor well in advance so that you can get the best allergy relief treatment ready for you to prevent the conditions before you actually get allergic to the conditions.
This all, in turn, reduces the chances of getting headaches, migraine, and neck pain also.
Besides the above, you may take a few other precautionary measures for avoiding allergy problems and joint pain due to allergies. These include:
- Bathing and washing your hair with a quality shampoo each day for removing the pollens from your skin and hair.
- Washing your bedding, and pillow covers, and cleaning the mattress thoroughly once a week. Use hot soapy water for effective cleaning.
- Wear sunglasses when going outdoors to avoid pollens entering from eyes. Use a face mask if possible.
Overall, you can experiment with one or more of the above tips to relieve the deep pain in your joints.
Talk to your doctor soon, if required to avoid the allergies and hence pain.