Is ADHD related to nasal allergies?
The data is extensive, but conflicts at times. Some say they’re related a lot and others say, only a little.
Those with ADHD have a higher chance of developing allergies than those who don’t. Apparently, the problem starts with “cross-talk” between the body’s immune system and its neurology.
The role of inflammation is the primary culprit. When a person develops allergies, cytokines, which are part of the immune system, are triggered by inflammation. Cytokines interfere with the brain’s ability to think and to pay attention, making ADHD appear worse during times of high pollen.
The researchers agree that treating ADHD with an appropriate medication along with treating the allergies goes a long way to improving cognition and performance.
When both allergies and ADHD are treated, the chances for depression and anxiety are reduced.
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