One of the lesser known, but equally inconvenient signs of menopause is allergies. Many people struggle with allergies on a daily basis, but since hormones and the immune system are connected, there is a chance that the transition through menopause could make allergies worse. As with all menopause symptoms, you need to be able to recognize, understand allergies before you can effectively manage them. Keep reading below to learn more about allergies during menopause and how you can lessen their impact on your life.
What are Menopausal Allergies?
Your immune system and your hormones work in tandem with one another. Some people have to cope with allergies from childhood, but they are more prone to kick in during times of significant hormonal imbalance such as puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.
Why do I Have Allergies?
Women who are transitioning through menopause are more susceptible to developing new allergies or experiencing more severe reactions from their current allergies. The natural fluctuation of hormones during this time is what causes an increased sensitivity to certain allergens. Fortunately, many allergies can be managed and treated with proper guidance from a medical practitioner and by making lifestyle changes.
Types of Allergic Conditions
Allergic reactions occur when the immune system misidentifies a substance as being harmful and reacts to prevent them from causing damage. There are several different types of allergens that can lead to the following allergic conditions:
Allergic Rhinitis (nasal congestion)
An allergen is a substance that the body mistakes as being harmful to the immune system. People are allergic to different allergens, but the most common are:
Each woman is affected differently. Some experience very mild symptoms, while others have severe and even life-threatening symptoms.
Mild Symptoms: mild rash, itchy eyes, congestion, and sneezing.
Moderate Symptoms: Hives and itchiness, difficulty breathing, and drop in blood pressure.
Severe Symptoms: swelling, abdominal pain, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea, dizziness, confusion, and anaphylaxis.
How Can I Manage my Allergies?
The best way to prevent allergies and treat symptoms is to avoid the allergens that affect you. This can be challenging, especially if you don't know what you are allergic to. Allergy tests can help you identify which allergens you are allergic to.
Then, by making simple lifestyle changes you can significantly reduce your exposure to them. For example, those who are allergic to pollen should keep windows closed, avoid going outside in the early morning, and use extra precaution during fever. Those who are allergic to animals should limit their contact with them.
More about Allergies during Menopause
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