Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates | Santa Rosa, CA

Seasonal Allergies and Joint Pain

It’s officially spring and with warmer weather, it brings new life back to our lives. Unfortunately, these pretty flowers and blooming trees bring with them unwanted pollen that can cause allergic reactions in many of us. From runny noses to watery eyes, your body can be negatively impacted by these blossoming buds. Did you know that another downside of seasonal allergies is that they can actually affect your joints as well? While you may not associate one with the other, they are in fact connected. In understanding this connection you can hopefully learn how to prevent it and have a happier spring season.

So, Can Seasonal Allergies Really Cause Back, Neck and Joint Pain?

Yes! It sounds strange but seasonal allergies can absolutely cause back, neck, and joint pain. The main reason for this is because allergies cause inflammation. This inflammation is caused by your body trying to rid itself of the allergens causing the reaction.

Another factor in increased joint pain during allergy season is fatigue. Because your body is working so hard to fight these foreign allergens, you can become exhausted easily, which has been known to exacerbate joint pain. Sneezing, coughing, and wheezing can also cause sore muscles and joints.

How to Manage Your Seasonal Allergies to Avoid Joint Pain

  • Check pollen counts. You can track daily pollen counts and forecasts easily online. You should also avoid being outside when pollen levels are at their highest, usually between 10 am and 4 pm.
  • Shower off after being outdoors. This helps to limit the number of allergens being brought into your home. This also extends to your pets, try to bathe them after exposure to the outdoors.
  • Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible to avoid allergens drifting inside.
  • Take allergy medication. Antihistamines help to block your body’s response to allergies and work quickly, usually within an hour of taking them. Nasal sprays are also a good option for severe allergy symptoms.
  • Get ahead of it. If you know you get seasonal allergies every spring, start taking your medication early so your system is already ready to go.

If your joint pain persists outside of allergy season, it might be a good idea to schedule a consultation with us. Call our office at (707) 544-3400 today.

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