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Old 03-19-2008, 07:30 AM   #1
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Allergies causing high blood pressure

Anyone know of a type of allergy (either food or inhalent) that will cause your blood pressure to rise. It seems like these days many foods bother me (gas indigestion or bloating), I'm often congested and/or drowsy, my eye twitches a lot. These events seemed to be related. I don't have headaches although my head feels heavy and I do feel some pressure. My nose is congested and I feel slight hay fever, nothing extreme. I guess it could be a sinus infection, but I'd think I'd feel a lot sicker.

However, it seems like the longer I feel this way the more my blood pressure seems effected. I am watching it carefully and trying different things to bring it down (its not real bad yet, but worse than the normal bad numbers). Seems like some of the things that used to bring it down don't work any more. Meds work unless I'm feeling extra allergic and then they don't work. This is the kind of problem that you go to the doctor with and they play dumb or are dumb and don't seem to be able to tell me why this is happening. They just want to throw bp medicine at it. Has anyone had a similar problem?

 
Old 03-19-2008, 08:41 AM   #2
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Re: Allergies causing high blood pressure

Yes I have. It makes sense to me. Having allergic reactions is a stress on the body. What was doing it to me at the time was a combination of grass pollens and coffee. I was a bit short of breath and my throat was swollen a bit. I stopped the coffee and started showering before bed to remove the pollens from my hair and this did the trick and brought my BP back down to normal. I always would rather remove the allergens then medicate it.

 
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Old 03-19-2008, 12:20 PM   #3
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Re: Allergies causing high blood pressure

Do you work outside why you would you have that much pollen in your hair? Or am I just ignorant of the power of pollen? I could shower every night, but washing my hair would be way more difficult because my hair is not the 'wash and wear' type. LOL. I may try it one night soon though just to see if it works.

I do drink coffee too although I've recently tried several days without it. The pollen or whatever it is seems way more of a detriment than the coffee. At least now it is. Didn't use to be that way. I'm a bit short of breath too. Were you a little drowsy and hay feverish too? Thanks, that was very helpful.

 
Old 03-19-2008, 04:32 PM   #4
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Re: Allergies causing high blood pressure

Hi There,

I suffer from an heart condition and also allergies. What I have found personally is that the allergies can some how lower my blood pressure but without monitoring it is difficult to tell at times but I do know it can effect my heart. I am also on antihistamines and nasal spray.

Yes, I have suffered the tiredness too and sometimes find it difficult to breathe. My allergies worsened a couple of years ago, and I would love to come off the antihistamines but would get quite ill again.

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Old 03-19-2008, 10:04 PM   #5
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Re: Allergies causing high blood pressure

The pollen gets to me too. If I walk outside and the wind is blowing, the pollen gets all over me. If I ride with my windows down, it not only gets all over me, but inside my car, so I keep my windows closed (car and house). If I go to bed without washing my hair, the pollen gets on my sheets and pillow cases, then, even if I do wash the next day, it won't help, because I'm sleeping in pollen. Pets can bring it in too. I also wash my clothes right after I come inside for the day.

One of the "tests" my allergist mentioned, was to check my pulse rate before eating something. Then check it again 10 minutes afterwards. If it has noticeably changed, I am allergic to something I ate. You'll notice if you ever get the ***** type of allergy testing that the tester will also check your pulse rate.

Allergies create all kinds of strange reactions. Some of my reactions: blurry vision. Horrible cramps and bloating, feels like my stomach is a balloon about to burst. ADHD. Slow thinking and diminished ability to comprehend sentences. Depression. Back pain. Muscle spasms. Leg muscles twitching. Altered emotions, and inability to control my emotions (crying for no reason). Fever. And of course the normal rashes and congestion and sinus drainage.

I get back pain from phenol, a common preservative. It's been in my allergy drops for over a year and now it's built up in my body to a very uncomfortable level of pain. So last week they went to a new formula, no phenol, but the solutions were way more potent than what I was taking, she said the new drops were twice as strong. Every night gas swelling me, rumbling around in my belly making noise, coming out both ends . I'm going to get the solution diluted again, because it is apparently the cause of the gassy problems.

Perhaps you could take your blood pressure before you eat, then again a short time afterwards, and see if you can spot the culprit. My guess would be either sugar, caffeine, or wheat, but you're the only one who can figure it out. Good luck!

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Old 03-20-2008, 07:23 AM   #6
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Re: Allergies causing high blood pressure

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Do you work outside why you would you have that much pollen in your hair? Or am I just ignorant of the power of pollen?

Were you a little drowsy and hay feverish too?
The power of pollen! One walk out to the mailbox is enough to put that sticky stuff in your hair! Our tree pollen count yesterday was 356 per cubic meter. That is a lot of pollen to get stuck in your hair. Allergies can make you very tired. Yes, I had hay fever symptoms too. I was just saying that coffee was my worst food allergy. Each person has their own allergens. My worst allergens are vegies actually. It sounds like you have never been to an allergist?

It takes a few days of showering before bed until the full effect occurs. Your allergen level has to come down over a few days.

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Old 03-20-2008, 08:07 AM   #7
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I haven't been to an allergist recently. Sometimes I get so sleepy, I don't think of the logical thing to do. Or I get so stuck investigating one direction, I forget about other things. I guess I'll go to an allergy specialist.

I do sleep in the same room with my dogs. They don't spend much time outside, but I'm sure they add to the problem. However, I'm not prepared to kick them out of the bedroom.

Quercetin seemed to help me last fall, but when I stopped it, it seemed like my symptoms got worse. I don't know if the quercetin changed my immune system or if it was going to get worse anyway.

Sannah, Louisville sounds like a big allergic problem for me. My job is supposed to move there in a couple of years. Yikes.

I do have trouble with my pulse and/or blood pressure after many foods. I was thinking it was more of a glucose problem than allergy.

 
Old 03-20-2008, 09:17 AM   #8
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Hi Katol, I just looked up Quercetin and it said that it was a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. No wonder you felt better. You could have some food allergies then? Yes, Louisville has been given the award in years past for being the allergy capital of the world. I forgot who looks at the stats every year but they look at the number of allergists and the number of allergy prescriptions and the pollen counts. Many people move here and say that their allergies are worse here.

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