Well, in a way you have been, and by your own body
Allergies often make me feel like I’ve been given a massive sedative
All I can do is lie down and wish that I could sleep for days. I can’t count how many times I called in sick to work, never quite sure if I had a cold or the flu. But how could plain old allergies make me feel so awful?
I wasn’t imagining or exaggerating how I felt
Turns out that the allergy related inflammation in one’s nose triggers a release of cytokines (a type of protein). This reaction is along the lines of what happens when you get a cold or the flu, triggering feelings of being exhausted and depleted.
If you suffer from allergies, do all that you can to stop them from starting
- In the 30+ years that I have battled with allergies, I’ve tried broad variety of remedies, including pills, allergy shots, acupuncture, nasal sprays and rinses. I’ve currently figured out what works for me. As soon as I feel my allergies kicking in, I make sure that they don’t get a hold on me.
- What works will vary by person. The Mayo Clinic offers a number of ways you can reduce your exposure to pollen. Click here for pages of good tips on how to make with living allergies more bearable.