by WV Marshall
Allergies and menopause – who knew? Allergies manifesting themselves at this time are associated mostly with hormonal changes that occur during perimenopause, the 2- to 10-year transitional period leading to actual menopause.
Hormones fluctuate and decline during menopause, putting more pressure on your adrenal glands during and after menopause, www.menopausehealthmatters.com reported.
This could make menopausal women more susceptible to allergies.
Allergies occur when a person’s body’s immune system reacts to a foreign substance or food that doesn’t cause a reaction in most people.
While some people live with allergies from childhood, allergies are more likely to appear during times of significant hormonal imbalance such as puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and, of course, menopause.
Some allergies can emerge and go away for no apparent reason. And while most allergies have well known triggers such as dust, animal dander or certain foods, many can emerge for reasons that are unknown.
Allergies can trigger reactions that can range from mild (sneezing or itchy eyes) to moderate (racing heart) to severe (convulsions or mental confusion). Allergy tests can help to identify which allergens are affecting you. You can consult healthcare professional for advice on testing.
If your body is out of balance from allergies and menopause you need to cool your body off, and Menopausehealthmatters provides a list of foods and liquids. Other actions that can interrupt the body’s reaction to an allergic trigger and reduce allergy-related stress and inflammation include daily dusting or vacuuming, exercise, meditation and massage.
However, please seek advice from your medical provider.
Over-the-counter medications, allergy shots and prescribed drugs also can provide relief from symptoms of allergies; please consult your healthcare provider for advice on which medical treatment is right for you.
When allergies are associated with a hormonal trigger, Menopausehealthmatters said herbal remedies can produce a positive effect on the body and reaction to allergic triggers.
While not considered mainstream, herbal treatments such as ginseng and black cohosh may offer relief to some women experiencing allergies and menopause. Again, if you think you have an allergy, please consult your healthcare provider before undertaking any sort of treatment.