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7 Common Symptoms of Allergies during Menopause

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One of the lesser-known and more surprising menopause symptoms is the heightened susceptibility to developing new allergies. Menopause is a time of hormonal imbalance, known mostly for the common hot flashes and mood swings, but, since hormones are heavily involved in regulating your body's immune system, it can also be a time when mild allergies begin striking you more severely, or when previously unknown allergies appear. Continue reading to discover some of the most common symptoms of allergies during menopause.

Symptoms

If you find yourself suffering from these symptoms even if you have previously had no problems, then you might be developing new allergies as a result of hormonal imbalance during menopause.

Rash

Allergies can cause your skin to flush and a mild, pink rash to develop on your skin.

Watery, itchy eyes

This can be one of the most frustrating and annoying symptoms of allergies. Your nose, ears, and throat may also begin to feel really itchy.

Sneezing

7 Common Symptoms of Allergies during Menopause

Sneezing is not always a sign of allergies, but increased, frequent sneezing that can be a symptom of allergies as your body fights against the particles causing the disruption.

Swelling

You might notice some slight swelling, especially your extremities. This can be one indication that you are suffering from an allergic reaction, especially to a food.

Drop in blood pressure

A drop in blood pressure is one of the most serious and severe symptoms of allergies.

Hives

You might develop the red, pale, itchy bumps on your skin characteristic of hives. Hives is one of the common effects of allergies.

Dizziness

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Dizziness can make you feel lightheaded, disoriented, and confused. In severe bouts of dizziness, the room may appear to be moving or spinning. Dizziness usually only lasts a few seconds, but in extreme cases, it can last longer.

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Suffering from an allergy is something that can strike during any phase of a woman's life. However, times of hormonal change, such as menopause, bring a heightened risk of developing them. Although the symptoms of respiratory allergies are usually nothing to worry about and rarely cause serious problems, some food allergies may be more troublesome. If you are concerned about any of your allergy symptoms, then you should seek medical advice.

During menopause, new allergies can suddenly develop, or previous allergies may worsen. The best way to deal with these allergies is to arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can about the symptoms, so when they surface, you can treat them in the best way possible.

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Sources:
  • National Health Service UK. (2012). Allergies - Symptoms. Retrieved September 5, 2013, from http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Allergies/Pages/Symptoms.aspx