Are Your Allergies Making You Dizzy?
Spring and early summer in Michigan bring warmer temperatures, sunshine, beach visits and, unfortunately for some, seasonal allergies. While most of us are familiar with common allergy symptoms, like itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing, there’s one allergy symptom that you might not be aware of: dizziness.
Everyone has tiny tubes in their ears that connect the ears to the sinuses. They are called Eustachian tubes. Your Eustachian tubes are responsible for draining fluid and equalizing the air pressure that’s inside of your ears, which allows you to maintain a sense of balance. They are also involved in your vestibular system, in your inner ear, which sends your brain signals about balance.
If your Eustachian tubes are swollen or blocked, which can happen due to allergies, your sense of balance is thrown off. This can lead to feelings of dizziness or even vertigo.
So how do you know if your dizziness or vertigo is allergy induced, or caused by something else? If you suffer from seasonal allergies, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your allergist or health care provider. Often, we’ll try medication such as a nasal spray to help with allergy symptoms. If that reduces dizziness, then it suggests that it may be allergy related.
If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, over-the-counter medications can help manage symptoms. In addition, try to keep allergens out of your home, bathe your pets frequently and wash your clothes after doing an outdoor activity, especially something like mowing the lawn or hiking.
Of course, if the dizzy feelings or vertigo persist, schedule an appointment with your health care provider that can send you to both an allergist and ENT doctor who then can help determine what else could be causing the issue. Dizziness and vertigo can be a symptom for several different underlying issues or conditions.
Jonathan Horbal, D.O., specializes in allergy and immunology and sees patients of all ages at his offices in Bay City and Midland. Dr. Horbal helps children and adults with asthma and allergy issues. He treats children from infants through the high school years and into adulthood.