Allergies and Fatigue

Allergies and Fatigue. Feeling Tired & Excessive Sleeping Are Symptoms & Signs You Shouldn't Ignore.

When we have a cold or the flu we get tired, and that's normal. Seasonal allergies can make us tired and lethargic. 

Lack of energy keeps us from enjoying life. But what if you're always tired. You're tiredness and fatigue is constant and lingers day after day.

There could be dozens of reasons why we're asking ourselves, "Why am I always tired?" It might be chronic fatigue or an allergic reaction to food, your environment, medication, or perhaps something else. 

What Causes Allergies and Fatigue?

Food allergies and intolerance can equal fatigue. You feel tired and sleepy. This happens to me when I eat too much wheat or corn, especially corn chips. I love them but I need to stay away or it's lights out for at least 3 - 4 hours. Research has indicated that fatigue can be a warning sign of food intolerance or a food allergy. 

Your doctor or allergist can go through a series of tests to determine the probable cause of your tiredness and fatigue. You can ask about the elimination diet which means to eliminate certain foods for a while then reintroduce them and measure the symptoms or results.

Some Signs That You May Have A Food Allergy

Many people are frequently diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune disorders. But it might be you have a food allergy or intolerance. These are some signs that what you're eating may have a negative impact on your health.

  • Anxiety
  • Belching
  • Bloating
  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic headaches and/or migraines
  • Decreased muscle strength
  • Depression
  • Feeling irritable
  • Feeling tired after eating a meal
  • Gas
  • Muscle and/or joint pain 
  • Physically drained
  • Tired feeling even with a full night’s sleep
  • Unable to concentrate

If you have these symptoms you may want to keep a food diary and record everything you eat. You can then take this information to your doctor or allergist so they'll have the available data. The can run a series of tests or simply do an elimination diet as previously mentioned.

Studies have indicated that around 90% of all food allergies can be attributed to the "Big 8" food items. They are:

  1. Eggs - Up there with milk and dairy. Can produce a wide range of symptoms. Eggs can be a simple mild allergy with hives and rashes while the most severe cases may go into anaphylactic shock.
  2. Fish - More common in adults than a kid's allergies. Halibut, salmon and tuna are the biggest offenders.
  3. Milk and dairy - Very common with child allergies and infants. Also a trigger of lactose intolerance and other types of food sensitivities.
  4. Nuts - Similar to a peanut allergy. Tree nut allergies symptoms can be mild or more severe. 
  5. Peanuts - Common in many foods and one of the leaders of food allergies. This is an interesting side note. My daughter can have peanut butter but not peanuts in the shell. I believe this is due to the possible mold that might grow inside the shell. We learned she was allergic to mold before the peanut incident.  
  6. Shellfish - This can cause of wide range of symptoms including shortness of breath, dizziness, and Anaphylaxis. 
  7. Soy - Love my soy sauce with my Chinese food but for some people soy can trigger a bad allergic reaction.
  8. Wheat - Bloating and feeling tired. This was my biggest concern when I learned about my wheat intolerance. 

Again, if you think you're exhibiting food or environmental allergies and fatigue, it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. These kinds of allergic reactions can be uncomfortable and in some cases you or your loved may end up in the hospital. It's best to get professional help. The doctor or allergist can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

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