As fresh flowers emerge in the springtime, so do seasonal allergies. The main culprit is pollen released into the air by the green grass, mold, trees, and colorful flowers in full bloom. Nasal congestion, itchy eyes, sneezing, and a sore throat are common symptoms. But can seasonal allergies cause joint pain? Yes, they can. Let’s look at how seasonal allergies affect your joints:
Many people complain of an increase in joint pain around this time of the year. This is because the pollen in the air lands on your skin, eyes, and nose triggering an allergic reaction in the body. The immune system works hard to fight against the foreign allergens. This causes fatigue and inflammation within the body. The inflammatory reaction spreads to the joints and manifests as joint pain.
Steps to prevent seasonal allergies:
- Avoid flowers and plants that cause severe allergic reactions:Painful things sometimes come in pretty packages.Plantsin Michigan that areknown to cause the worst symptoms and should be avoided include several species of oaks, willows, and ragweed.
- Stay indoors when pollen counts are high:You can check daily forecasts and pollen counts online. Pollen levels are high between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. If allergies are severe, avoid working or exercising outdoors during this time.
- Take a shower after coming home: This will reduce the number of allergens you bring into your home. Washing your hair before bedtime may prevent allergens from getting into your pillows and bed sheets. Don’t forget to wash your pets as well.
- Track your allergy symptoms:Keep a record of the time when your symptoms occur and your activities. This will help you identify specific allergens that your body might be sensitive to.
- Take your allergy medications at the right time:If you are prone to get allergies at this time of the year, discuss with your doctor about taking your allergy medications even before symptoms manifest themselves. This will help reduce the body’s inflammatory response to allergen and minimize your painful symptoms.
If your joint pain continues even after getting allergy symptoms under control, you should visit an orthopedic doctor for an in-depth evaluation and treatment recommendation.
Dr. Frisch is an orthopedic surgeon focusing on minimally invasive hip and knee joint replacement as well as regenerative treatments for enhanced healing. He believes in creating a very personalized experience with the highest level of service. For all appointments & inquiries, please contact our offices located in Rochester andRiver District, MI.