Spring is here! With warmer days ahead, trees and flowers will begin
to bud, which also means that the dreaded allergy season is right around the corner. Soon enough there will be runny noses, scratchy throats, watery eyes and, for some of you, joint pain. You read that right, seasonal allergies and joint pain! While not often associated with one another, the two actually are related and taking the time to understand the connection can help you prevent them.
What Are Allergies?
In the United States, allergies are typically heightened from March to early summer. Some common substances that cause allergies are pollen, dust, nuts, mold and bee venom. These substances are referred to as allergens, and to combat these your immune system produces antibodies that will help protect you from infections. Antibodies travel to your cells and cause them to release chemicals called histamines that help get rid of those allergens. Histamines cause inflammation so when you come in contact with allergens, you experience inflammation of your sinuses, skin, joints, and respiratory airways. This is why the most common allergy symptoms include the following:
Do Seasonal Allergies Really Cause Back, Neck and Joint Pain?
Absolutely! There are plenty of ways that seasonal allergies can cause back, neck and joint pain. The truth is that joint pain is unavoidable when allergies cause inflammation. During this time of the year, some people suffer from inflammation because your body is working hard to flush out the foreign allergens. As a result, this inflammation causes pain in your joints.
Fatigue can also explain why you feel joint pain during allergy season. Your body is working very hard to fight those allergens, as a result becomes exhausted, and this may cause your joint pain to feel worse.
Coughing, sneezing, and wheezing may also cause you to suffer from muscle, joint and neck pain.
Tips to Help Manage Your Seasonal Allergies to Avoid Joint Pain
If your joint pain persists outside of allergy season, it might be time to see an orthopedic surgeon. You can use our Find A Doctor tool to search for one in your area.