Allergies may cause other problems

Allergies often occur along with other problems, such as:

  • Inflammation of sinuses (sinusitis).
  • Ear problems (otitis media with effusion), especially in young children.
  • Upper respiratory infections. Children have a higher incidence of upper respiratory infections, which make allergy symptoms worse.
  • Wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing from allergic asthma.
  • Sleep disturbances from a stuffy nose that requires mouth breathing.
  • Nosebleeds from allergy symptoms or allergy medication.
  • Skin infections from scratching itchy skin.
  • Not being able to take needed medications because an allergy to the medication has developed.

Last Updated: July 8, 2009

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