Can anyone tell me if allergies get worse during menopause.Ive been having trouble with sinus congestion,coughing and full feeling ears.It seems when I am exposed to flowers or alot of dust I get feeling bad with all these symptoms.
I developed allergies when I was about 45 and this was also when I started peri menopause - at the time I didn't connect the two. I'm 51 now - and still not totally through menopause - but the allergies have been really bad the last couple of years. I've also been getting a bad sinus infection about once a year or so. I never had this issue before.
I've also developed lactose intolerance - really bad. I can't have even the smallest dish of ice cream - luckily I was never a big milk drinker. The only dairy I get is some cheddar cheese and yogurt - I read that because of the way these are processed, they should be OK to eat and so far it's true.
From what I have read, I have come to the conclusion that illnesses such as allergies can develop when the body is under stress. And certainly the upheaval of fluctuating hormones in peri qualifies as stress!
Since I started peri 20 years or so ago, I've developed pollen allergy, perfume allergy, gluten intolerance, and now the latest appears to be reactions to some food molds such as in aged cheese and miso and the like.
I read this book called "What your Dr. won't tell you about Premenopause" by Dr. John Lee. When you are going through this period you may develop estrogen dominance. This could cause the following: Accelceration of the aging process, Allergy symptoms, including asthma, hives, rashes, & sinus congestion. Autoimmune disorders like lupus, thyroiditis and sometimes Sjogrens' disease. Breast cancer, breast tenderness, cervical dysplasia, cold hand & feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction, copper excess, decreased sex drive, depression with anxiety or agitation, dry eyes, uterine cancer, fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips & thighs. Fatigue, fibrocystic breasts, foggy thinking, gallbladder disease, hair loss, headaches, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), increased blood clotting which increase a risk of strokes, infertility, irregular periods, irritability, insomnia, magnesium deficiency, memory loss, mood swings, osteoporosis, PMS, polycystic ovaries, premenopausal bone loss, sluggish metabolism, hypothyroidism, uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, water retention/bloating, and zinc deficiency. He said that "the combined effects of low progesterone caused by anovulatory cycles and exposure to estrogenic xenohormones are more than enough to put the average woman into a state of estrogen dominance. Stress causes estrogen dominance which then causes insomnia and anxiety, which pulls on the adrenal glands, which then creates more estrogen dominance. This is just a little piece of what he says. Try to pick the book up at your local library. Very informative to say the least. Anyone relate to these? I surely do. I've ended up with epileptic seizures on top of it all!!!
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