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Allergies & Endometriosis: Are They Connected?

If you have endometriosis, you may face nausea, pelvic pain, vomiting, fatigue, and other symptoms daily. Endometriosis can be debilitating, not to mention if you’re facing other pesky illnesses, like allergies. 

In recent years, more studies are illuminating the connection between endometriosis and allergies. In fact, it’s reported that 61% of women with endometriosis also have allergies. The team at Endometriosis Treatment Center of America wants to educate women with endometriosis about the link between their conditions and allergies and provide allergy treatment. Learn everything you need to know about allergies, endometriosis, and how to ease symptoms in this blog!

What Are Allergies?

Allergies occur whenever a foreign protein interacts with your body’s immune system. These foreign proteins usually cause a harmless reaction, but if your immune system overreacts to the specific allergen, that’s when you may experience unwanted allergy symptoms.

Once the foreign protein enters your body, your immune system creates antibodies to fight these allergen invaders. As these antibodies fight off the allergens, the allergy cells release histamine. It’s this reaction that causes common allergy symptoms like cough, watery eyes, sore throat, and congestion. Additionally, allergy skin patch analysis can test your for other allergies like certain foods, chemicals, metals, and other common allergens. 

Are Allergies and Endometriosis Linked?

It has been proven that women with endometriosis are much more likely to have allergies. Additionally, 88% of women diagnosed with endometriosis and fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue syndrome, also have allergies. While research is still ongoing, this may suggest that endometriosis could be an autoimmune disorder, but scientists are still working to find concrete evidence of this theory. However, it’s clear that allergies and endometriosis are linked. 

How Can You Reduce Allergy Symptoms?

If you’re a woman suffering from endometriosis and allergies, we understand how frustrating daily life can be. Beyond cramps and pelvic pain, you probably have watery eyes, constant sneezes, and a persistent cough. We hope you can find relief from your allergies with these quick tips to reduce symptoms. If your symptoms persist, we recommend seeing an allergen specialist or primary care doctor. 

Purify Your Indoor Space

While it may sound obvious, keeping your home clean can make a big difference for your allergies. For many, common allergens like dust and mold are found throughout the house and can be easily removed with cleaning techniques and solutions. We recommend frequently vacuuming with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter and changing your air filters often. 

Indoor air purifiers can quickly remove allergens, pollution, and other harmful particles from your air, and numerous people with allergies find them to be a worthwhile investment. Additionally, allergens can hang around in the air if high humidity levels are high, so you may want to consider adding a dehumidifier to your home. 

Try Over the Counter Remedies

You may have heard of antihistamines if you or a loved one have had allergies before. Now that we know histamines cause allergy symptoms, these medications’ names seem fitting. 

Numerous over-the-counter antihistamines are sold at your local retailers, like Zyrtec, Allegra, and others. Nasal sprays and oral decongestants are available, which can help ease your symptoms. Before taking any long-term medication, we always recommend speaking with your doctor. 

Get Allergy Tested

If your allergy symptoms persist, getting allergy tested can provide insight into your triggers and how to best avoid them. It’s not healthy for most people to continually take allergy medications, so allergy testing can not only illuminate what makes you sneeze so much, but also provide a more natural solution for treating your allergies. 

At The Endometriosis Treatment Center of America, we offer allergy tests that are fast, effective, and informative. In just 15 minutes, you can find out what you’re allergic to out of the 72 most common allergens. Our sublingual immunotherapy is different from traditional allergy shots. Our allergy treatment is a liquid that you simply place under your tongue. Over time, these drops can help you build up tolerance to your specific allergy. 

Find Relief From Your Runny Nose & Pelvic Pain at Once

At The Endometriosis Treatment Center of America, we understand how challenging it can be living with endometriosis. We seek to support you in every aspect of your journey, including helping you treat your allergies. We offer sublingual immunotherapy, also called allergy drops, which can help you build up a tolerance to your specific allergen so that you can finally feel your best. If you’re interested in our allergy testing or treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (248) 397-9129 or contact us online!

Your Experts in All Aspects of Endometriosis: The Endometriosis Treatment Center of America

Proudly serving Lake Orion, MI, and surrounding areas, The Endometriosis Treatment Center of America is dedicated to your overall satisfaction and well-being. Whether you have endometriosis, pelvic pain, painful urination, or other condition, we’re here to help. Call us at (248) 397-9129 or contact us online today!

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