Are allergies linked to anxiety and depression? Know more!

Are allergies linked to anxiety and depression-Know more

Allergic Rhinitis
August 17, 2020

Living with a chronic respiratory condition like allergic rhinitis can be difficult. It can affect your daily life and work performance. It is an allergic reaction to substances like pollen, pet dander and dust mites. According to a study by The American Academy for Allergy Asthma& Immunology, 30% of people worldwide; suffer from allergic rhinitis. There can be other possible allergens that trigger the symptoms of allergic rhinitis that include cockroaches, house dust and mold. Seasonal and perennial rhinitis are types of allergic rhinitis you may have that may differ from person to person.

Seasonal allergic rhinitis usually occurs during the pre-winter and spring seasons. Here, you may typically notice symptoms like sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, watery and itchy eyes, itchy sinuses, throat or ear canals, ear congestion and postnasal drainage that react to outdoor pollen. People with seasonal allergic rhinitis also medically known as hay fever, may also have asthma. Seasonal allergens can trigger an asthmatic reaction. Perennial allergic rhinitis can show symptoms like sneezing, a watery or runny nose, nasal blockage and a decreased sense of smell any time of the year. These can be triggered due to indoor substances like dust mites and pet dander. 

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Now, you know about the causes and symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Let us talk about how allergic rhinitis can cause anxiety and depression. 

According to a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), allergic rhinitis can cause high rates of depression and anxiety. An allergy can trigger the stress hormone known as cortisol. It can then affect our mood-controlling hormone (serotonin levels). An inflammatory chemical medically known as cytokine gets collected in the nose and sinuses due to allergies. It then interrupts the function of our nervous system that can lead to an unhealthy sleep pattern; this can further trigger symptoms of depression and anxiety. 

Anxiety can be triggered due to the risk of coming in contact with an allergen. It can then affect your performance at work and school and can drain you physically. If you are constantly sick due to allergic reactions, it can affect your emotional and mental health. 

The most common way to treat your symptoms better is to avoid contact with the allergens. But practically, it can be difficult to avoid exposure to environmental allergens. Hence, here are some remedies you can opt for to manage the symptoms better:

  • Saline nasal irrigation: It is a solution made at home by mixing salt and water that acts as a nasal wash. A saline nasal solution can help wash off allergens, mucus and other debris from your nose that lead to allergic reactions.
  • Air filters: With the use of high-efficiency particulate air filters, you can stop airborne triggers to pollen, dust and pet dander.
  • Bromelain: This enzyme naturally found in papaya and pineapple can help improve breathing by reducing the swelling in the nose. 
  • Peppermint essential oil: this contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the symptoms of bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis. Diffuse this essential oil and dilute it with a carrier oil for better results.
  • Honey: the consumption of locally produced honey can help lower the allergic reaction to pollen carried by bees over time. 
  • Replace the carpets on your floor and always ensure you keep your house clean and free of dust to avoid allergic triggers. 

It is imperative to be aware of the precautions to take while using home remedies to treat your allergic reactions. You should avoid using home remedies for severe allergic reactions like anaphylaxis. These allergic reactions may include symptoms like trouble breathing, chest pain, dizziness, a rash, vomiting and fluctuation in blood pressure levels. If you experience these symptoms, it is advisable to take professional treatment as they can be life-threatening. 

You can always choose home remedies for your condition, but seeking the help of a professional along with these remedies can help you treat your allergy condition better. Let us talk about the treatments you can opt for, for your allergic rhinitis skin condition:

Allergic rhinitis treatment includes antihistamines, intranasal corticosteroids, intranasal chromones, leukotriene receptor antagonists and immunotherapy. You can also use occasional systemic corticosteroids and decongestants (oral and topical) to treat severe allergic rhinitis symptoms. These medications can cause side effects such as throat irritation, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and dry mouth. On the other hand, you can choose homeopathic solutions that are natural, safe and have no side effects. 

Are allergies linked to anxiety and depression? Know more!


Homeopathy for Allergic rhinitis

To give you an effective and long-term solution, homeopathic treatment works on the underlying problem of your condition. A homeopathic doctor will listen to you; evaluate every aspect of your symptoms, effects, and study your medical history to devise a homeopathic treatment plan that best suits your condition. 

Allergic rhinitis treatment in homeopathy ensures that the allergic reactions reduce gradually. It, in turn, helps your body fight against the allergens better. According to a study published by the American Institute of Homeopathy, 27 patients with allergic rhinitis; were given homeopathic treatment. After three weeks, 28% showed an improvement in their condition. Homeopathy and its holistic approach can give you lasting results in a safe and side-effect-free manner.

A self-care tip

Talking about your condition can help you manage it better. Hence, talk to your family or any support group to keep yourself motivated throughout the treatment process. 

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Self Help Tips

Install air filters so you always have fresh air, change your pet’s positions, replace the carpets of your floor and always ensure you keep your house clean and free of dust and other possible rhinitis causes which can trigger your allergy. Follow these basic self care tips and the advice of your doctors and you will be on your way to recovery. To get a one-stop-solution for your immune and mental distresses, simply book an online appointment at Dr Batra's™.

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