Allergies and ADHD

Do you have allergies and ADHD? I know I do, as does the rest of my family.

In general, I’ve noticed that a lot of people who have ADHD also have allergies of one kind or another.

Did you know that allergies can make ADHD symptoms worse? And that studies have shown a link between ADHD and allergies? (By that I mean that a statistically higher number of people with ADHD also have allergies. The reverse is not true – having allergies does not mean you have ADHD.)

There have been a number of research studies done in the past few years to substantiate this, and the allergies include food allergies as well as nasal type allergies.

The evidence indicates that the effect of allergies on ADHD symptoms could be as simple as a nasal allergy which causes poor sleep to food allergies that can fog the brain.

In some cases, treating the allergies had a profound effect on ADHD symptoms, lessening them dramatically.

If you have nasal or skin allergies, you might want to look into food allergies as well, even if you don’t notice an immediate reaction of any kind. I suggest starting with a book that I have referred to for years: “Is This Your Child?” by Dr. Doris Rapp.

If you can lessen your ADHD symptoms and feel better, too, I think taking a look at allergies is well worth it.

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  1. I never thought to tie the two together. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. I will be doing further research!

  2. My son has allergies and also has add. We’ve never tried treating the allergies as a way to affect his add. Definitely worth a try and see if we notice a difference in him;)


  3. Jeff – I’ve found so many kids with ADHD who have allergies and/or ear infections at an early age. My kids certainly fit into that category.

    I definitely think it is worth a look to see if it will help. Also consider food allergies, especially gluten and casein.

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