More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. And allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.
While many people face serious, life-threatening complications from allergic reactions, there are common allergic reactions such as itchy eyes, runny nose, and itchy throat that can significantly impact quality of life.
According to Dr. Jacquelynne Corey, ENT and Allergist in Chicago, “Allergies can severely affect quality of life – much worse than what patients perceive from chronic heart disease. It has wide-ranging impacts – physically and socially. Coughing and sneezing limits their ability to interact with other people in person – particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, when people are afraid of becoming infected.”
“Many over-the-counter allergy medications make your head fuzzy and affect your ability to concentrate, resulting in absenteeism at work.”
In fact, there are now well over 7 million missed or low productivity workdays each year due to hay fever allergies. And the total cost to employers has exceeded $600 million in lost productivity related to allergies.
People who suffer from untreated seasonal allergies often don’t sleep well. Individuals with allergies are more than twice as likely to have insomnia and more susceptible to developing sleep apnea, which results in chronic fatigue and impaired performance at school or work. Over time, sleep deprivation creates a vicious cycle that leads to reliance on medications or alcohol to fall or stay asleep – which leads to other health issues.
A lack of sleep can also interfere with your memory, making it more difficult to remember events and responsibilities. It can also prevent you from staying focused on a task or conversation.
Over time, ongoing inflammation in the nasal passages due to allergies can make you more susceptible to sinus infections, or worsen asthma symptoms.
While allergies can have an adverse effect on everyday life, there are natural remedies and alternative treatments available.
If you are experiencing painful allergy symptoms such as sinus pain, consider ClearUP® Sinus Pain Relief – a 100% drug-free treatment alternative that uses gentle microcurrent technology to reduce sinus pain from allergies.
If your symptoms persist, consider seeing a board-certified allergist to get a proper diagnosis.