The most common allergic reactions among dental staff are allergies to latex, acrylates, and formaldehyde. While polymethyl methacrylates and latex cause delayed hypersensitivity reactions, sodium metabisulfite and nickel cause immediate reactions. In recent years, due to the increase in the number of patients with allergies to different materials, practicing dentists should be aware of documented allergies to known materials and, therefore, avoid such allergic manifestations in the dental clinic. Both seasonal and year-round allergies can cause fatigue.
Getting tested by a board-certified allergist is the first step to finding relief. An allergist will make a detailed medical history and review your symptoms to determine if your allergies are caused by pollen, animal dander, mold, dust mites, cockroaches, weather changes, or something else. Yes, allergies can make you feel tired. Most people with nasal and head congestion due to allergies will have some trouble sleeping.
However, allergic reactions can also release chemicals that make you feel tired. These chemicals help fight allergies, but they also cause swelling of the nasal tissues, which can worsen symptoms. Lack of sleep and constant nasal congestion can cause a feeling of blur and tiredness. Allergies can indirectly cause fatigue by hindering your ability to sleep, according to Dr.
Slight nasal obstruction or wheezing may prevent you from sleeping, or you may wake up startled with bouts of coughing. Congestion can also create a lot of pressure in your upper airway, which can make you feel tired, said Dr. Joyce Yu, pediatric allergist and immunologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. A key sign that your fatigue may be caused by allergies is if you have other allergy symptoms at the same time, said Dr.
These include itchy eyes, ears, nose and throat, as well as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, teary eyes, mild wheezing or whistling when breathing, runny nose, and rashes or hives. Respiratory infections, such as the common cold or even Covid-19, can also cause fatigue according to Dr. Tirumalasetty along with other common allergy symptoms such as coughing, headache and stuffy or runny nose. However the main symptoms that would distinguish allergies from these other conditions are itchy nose eyes and ears.
If you have an upper respiratory infection you may also have a fever sore throat swollen glands and muscle aches that aren't really related to allergies said Dr. The duration of your symptoms may be another indication of what you have Dr. Oral allergy medications are effective in relieving symptoms such as congestion itching and sneezing but a major disadvantage is that many cause drowsiness according to Dr. First-generation oral antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Atarax (hydroxyzine) are more likely than second-generation antihistamines such as Claritin (loratadine) or Zyrtec (cetirizine) to cause drowsiness according to Dr.
And even those that are labeled “not sleepy” can cause some people to feel sleepy Dr. Tirumalasetty said so it may take a bit of trial and error to find the allergy medication that works for you. Another key strategy for minimizing allergy symptoms is to “protect your home from allergies” Dr. If you're allergic to dust mites you can use hypoallergenic bedding or “allergy-proof” mattress covers pillows and duvets that prevent dust mites from entering the bedding and help minimize symptoms he said.
To prevent dust and other possible irritants from accumulating Dr. Tirumalasetty advised that they make sure to “wash the sheets once a week” Try to avoid any animals you may be allergic to and if you have seasonal allergies showering after being outdoors and cleaning used clothing will help prevent too much pollen or other allergens from entering your home. While allergy medications relieve symptoms in the short term and often lose their effectiveness if overused immunotherapy is a longer-term approach to treating allergy fatigue. They can also perform an accurate allergy test to find out exactly what allergies you have and how severe each one may be During dental treatment various materials are used that can have side effects on patients and dental staff therefore it is necessary to use them with caution Allergy shots can be helpful in reducing fatigue because they provide quick relief without drowsiness If allergies are really the source of your fatigue treating them is the best way to treat fatigue After performing an allergy test in the office or at home to diagnose your allergies consider what allergy treatment option might work best to treat fatigue and eliminate other symptoms Some are aimed at specific allergies while others are more widespread and treat many types of allergies Although dental patients have symptoms mainly on the oral mucosa dental staff often have dermatitis on their hands Allergy drops are just as effective but can be easily made from home with daily drops under your tongue making them one of the best ways to control and eliminate allergies that cause fatigue.