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Allergies Impact Balance Issues
Green grass and flowering bushes are lovely to look at, but they put allergy sufferers on red alert. If allergy patients also have vestibular (balance) issues, they may be more prone to develop symptoms such as dizziness and vertigo during allergy season.
“Benign paroxysmal vertigo is the most common disorder of the inner ear in adults,” says Susan Golden, PT, director, Good Shepherd’s Neurorehabilitation Program. “Symptoms may include vertigo, light-headedness, dizziness, nausea and feeling off balance. The stuffiness associated with allergies may increase feelings of dizziness and disorientation.”
If you suffer from an inner-ear problem and your symptoms increase during allergy season, consult with your primary care physician or allergist, take your medications as prescribed and seek out vestibular therapy if your symptoms persist.
The therapists at Good Shepherd’s Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Program specialize in treating dizziness caused by allergies, aging, autoimmune inner ear disease, head trauma and bacterial and viral infections. The program offers non-invasive testing and evaluations for dizziness and other symptoms.
One treatment available is the Epley Maneuver (known as canal repositioning), where the patient’s head is quickly placed on the side of a table (while lying down). A therapist then uses head and body positions to move dizziness-causing debris so it is no longer free-floating in the semi-circular canal in the ear. Other vestibular therapy tools include balance technologies and motion sensitivity assessments. The goal is to return each patient to maximum function – during allergy season and beyond.