Recently I asked my facebook fans if they experienced their vertigo more in the winter, spring, summer, or fall. The general consensus was that most people were developing more severe vertigo in the warmer months such as spring and summer. Although some believed it to be caused by warm temperatures, others wondered if it was linked to seasonal allergies.
After my curiosity got the better of me, I began researching the subject of dizziness causes and seasons, I stumbled upon a recent online article. It stated that 2011 has been the worst year yet for allergy-related vestibular problems. Dr. Michael Jones, of the Hearing Health Center (HHC) said he is seeing a large number of patients each week with hearing problems caused by seasonal allergies.
Experts agree that this season is especially bad for allergies because of late snowfalls, plus the particularly wet months of April and May have brought about excess moisture.
High pollen levels do not only cause problems in the nose and eyes, but also commonly trigger an accumulation of fluid and wax in the middle ear, which also swells, blocking off the Eustachian tubes, resulting in poor hearing. This can also reek havoc for a number of vestibular disorders…
Dr. Jones said:
“Typically, allergic patients have complained of a symmetrical hearing loss and a sense of fullness or pressure. In most cases the hearing test shows a slight hearing loss and a tympanogram shows reduced mobility of the tympanic membrane. That means the middle ear has become inflamed.”
The article goes on to state that seasonal hearing problems caused by allergies have become so common that some doctors are treating patients with immunotherapy, which was shown in one 1992 study to improve the hearing of 60% of patients with Meniere’s Disease (a condition with vertigo, tinnitus and progressive deafness).
So for all of the people out there suffering from vertigo in the warm and wet spring months check with your doctor about possible allergy related dizziness… It is certainly something that seems to be rising all over the states and should be considered as a possibility for your symptoms of dizziness and vertigo.
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