How to Manage New Allergies in Menopause
Experiencing hot flushes? Sneezing more than usual? Having mood swings? Sniffing and itching more than you would normally? Finding it hard to sleep? You might recognise some of these as common signs of menopause, while others are allergy symptoms. Unfortunately, some women experience all of these at the same time.
Can Menopause Cause Allergies?
The hormonal changes that occur in menopause can send many of the other biological processes in your body haywire. For example, your internal temperature controls can be affected, causing hot flushes and night sweats, while a drop in your oestrogen levels can also leave you lacking in energy and feeling fatigued.
This hormonal imbalance can put extra pressure on your adrenal glands too, potentially resulting in adrenal fatigue, which can trigger digestive problems, troubled sleep and an aching body. Consequently, you can become more susceptible to allergies, which may be why many women report their hay fever and other existing allergies worsening at this time, and why some develop new allergies as well.
Studies have been carried out into this link, but many women are unaware that menopause could trigger new allergies, so they are unaware of how to manage the symptoms they experience.
Speaking to the Daily Mail in 2018, Professor Ashley Grossman of Oxford University explained: “You can develop allergies such as hay fever and asthma later in life and the change in oestrogen levels during the menopause may be related.”
Holly Shaw, a nurse adviser at Allergy UK, added: “Allergies can occur during significant hormonal fluctuations such as adolescence, childbirth years and around the menopause, even when someone has been exposed to a particular allergen for decades.”
Managing Allergies in Menopause
If you want to manage new allergies in a natural way while you’re going through menopause, there are steps you can take to try to regulate your symptoms and your hormonal activity. This can leave your body out of balance, but keeping cool, calm and relaxed could help you to get a hold on allergies, as well as menopause symptoms like hot flushes.
Eating fresh, naturally cooling salads and vegetables, and drinking caffeine-free herbal teas, could regulate your temperature and contribute towards rebalancing your body - and potentially provide you with relief from hot flushes too.
Meanwhile, exercises designed to strengthen your body and relax you at the same time, such as yoga and meditation, could also help to rebalance your body.
Taking steps to remove potentially triggering allergens from your immediate environment may also be helpful, so dust and vacuum regularly and invest in a hypoallergenic duvet and pillows if your allergy symptoms are stopping you from getting a good night’s sleep.
However, if you need extra support to balance your hormonal activity around the time of menopause, taking natural supplements designed to replicate the effects of oestrogen in your body is another option to try.
At Menopause Supplements, we stock the Femarelle® range, which features a natural ingredient known as DT56a, a derivative of soy. DT56a can mimic the effects of natural oestrogen in the female body, contributing towards managing multiple menopause symptoms, and rebalancing your hormones.
As a result, you could find that your body is better protected against allergies too; menopause supplements could help you to sleep better, settle your metabolism and generally feel healthier in yourself, potentially making you less susceptible to the effects of allergens.
Depending on the stage of menopause you’re in and the symptoms you’re experiencing, different Femarelle® supplements could help you. Explore the full range here.