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Hay Fever - Allergic Rhinitis

Foggy Headed

Posted on Sep 4, 2016

Dr. Kagen,

I am a 26 year old male who regularly suffers from hay fever.  My last really bad bout with it was the weekend of the 4th of July.  A couple days after the weekend, my hay fever seemed to be gone (no congestion, minimal sneezing, no watery eyes).

However, a strange, disoriented type of feeling has developed, still without any congestion.  It’s gotten progressively (I think) worse.  I had a similar experience last October, which began with a sudden onset headache, and then later the same disoriented feeling. An MRI/MRA of the brain, taken in late October, was negative.  I went to my general practitioner yesterday to see what was wrong.  I’m scheduled for another MRI, just to be on the safe side.

My question is — could allergies cause this type of constant disorientation? (it’s almost like I’m in a fish bowl looking out at everyone)

James

 

Thanks for asking about having allergy symptoms and feeling ‘dopey headed’.

Many allergy sufferers feel as though they are fatigued or “spaced out.” No one really knows the reason, but it may have to do with the fact that allergy patients have a lot of fluid and mucus in their middle ear region. This is the area that controls dizziness.

My patients complain of being “foggy headed” even when they do not have any fluid visible behind their eardrums when I examine them.

Hope this helps you understand your body better.

Be certain to discuss your symptoms with your doctor.

Good luck.

Steve Kagen, M.D.

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