Effects of Seasonal Allergies

What does it feel like to have seasonal allergies? If you’re unfamiliar with the symptoms, you may mistake them for the signs of a cold or a sinus infection. That being said, seasonal allergies can have different effects on different people, so your individual experience may vary from someone else with the same issue. The following are some of the most common symptoms of seasonal allergies:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Itchiness
  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Hives or rashes
  • Red or watery eyes

Are Allergies More Common with ADHD?

A number of scientific reviews have identified multiple studies in which individuals with ADHD appear to be more likely to suffer from allergies. While the association between allergies and ADHD isn’t conclusive, much of the research seems to find higher incidences of allergic issues in those with the condition.

What does this mean for you? If you have ADHD, it helps to know that you may have a higher chance of developing seasonal allergies. Some experts even suggest that seasonal allergies symptoms may be more severe for people with ADHD. This can help you understand the symptoms you’re experiencing and provide you with the knowledge you need to prepare for and minimize them.

For example, if you’ve suffered from seasonal allergies before, you probably know that one of the feelings associated with the condition is decreased mental clarity or “brain fog.” When you’re feeling fatigued and not mentally sharp, it could be harder to manage your ADHD symptoms. This can also lead to frustration that comes out in the form of emotional dysregulation.

These domino effects can be particularly troublesome for someone with ADHD. Seasonal allergies may not be all that difficult to deal with on their own, but the fact that allergy symptoms could throw off your ability to manage your ADHD symptoms can make the situation especially challenging.

Managing Seasonal Allergy Symptoms with ADHD

If seasonal allergies tend to take a toll on you, be proactive in preventing their effects. The following are some of the best ways to deal with seasonal allergy symptoms when you’re also trying to manage your ADHD.

Ask about allergy medication

In some cases, the antihistamines typically used to treat the symptoms of seasonal allergies may have a negative impact on the effects of ADHD medication. The antihistamines may alter how stimulant medications are metabolized, which could lead to ADHD symptoms not being managed as well as they could be. Talk to your healthcare provider before you start taking medications to deal with your seasonal allergies. They may be able to recommend different treatment options or help you plan the timing of when to take your allergy and ADHD meds.

Reduce your exposure

Avoiding allergy triggers can be a useful way to minimize your symptoms. Dry, windy conditions carry the allergens around, which can make symptoms worse. Try to avoid spending time outdoors during these conditions if possible. You’ll also want to keep windows closed in your car and at home. Yardwork can often worsen allergies as well, so if you need to mow the lawn or pull weeds, consider wearing a face mask. You can also remove your clothes after being outside and take a shower to rinse off pollen from your skin and hair.

Filter out allergens indoors

If you’re struggling with allergies at home even with the windows closed, try using an air purifier with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. It can be especially helpful to run the air purifier in your bedroom overnight while you sleep. Additionally, use an allergy-reduction HVAC filter and make sure to change it regularly according to the product instructions.

Do a nasal rinse

Rinsing your sinuses can be a helpful method for managing seasonal allergy symptoms, especially if you tend to suffer from nasal congestion. The process helps to flush out allergens and mucus so you can breathe more clearly. Make sure you follow instructions carefully, and use distilled water to avoid infection.