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Body Aches and Tiredness With Allergies

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Amy Sterling Casil is an award-winning writer with a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Chapman University in Orange, Calif. She is a professional author and college writing teacher, and has published 20 nonfiction books for schools and libraries.
Body Aches and Tiredness With Allergies
Approximately 10 million people are allergic to cat dander. Photo Credit Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images

If you tend to get colds at the same time every year, they might be seasonal allergies, according to MayoClinic.com. Hay fever and allergies to mold, dust and pet dander can cause fatigue, but so do colds and infections. Body aches aren't usually associated with allergies. Allergy-like symptoms, fatigue and body aches can be part of conditions with a potential relationship to allergies, like celiac disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and sick building syndrome.


Allergy symptoms that keep you up all night cause fatigue. Struggling to breathe through a stuffed-up nose or coping with a constant, dull headache will sap your energy. Allergies also last longer than colds or flu, notes MayoClinic.com. Hay fever also causes many people to miss school or work, and to be less productive while they are there, a problem which the Asthma and Allergy Foundation refers to as "presenteeism."

Sinusitis and Ear Infections

Prolonged allergy attacks are associated with middle ear infections and sinusitis. Both conditions are infections that can cause body aches along with other uncomfortable symptoms. If you have an ear infection, you will also experience stuffy ears, pain and pressure. Sinusitis symptoms include headache and pressure, post-nasal drip, sore throat and cough. Both conditions can cause a fever and body aches, while allergies alone do not have these symptoms.

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Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease is not a food allergy. It is an autoimmune disease that causes a high sensitivity to and inability to digest gluten found in wheat and other grain. People with Celiac Disease have an increased risk of allergies and related conditions, like asthma. Celiac Disease involves numerous digestive symptoms, but many people who suffer from it also experience fatigue, weakness, and bone and joint pain, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, although the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is unknown, it may be caused by a virus or immune system response. Symptoms include fatigue, body aches and a low grade fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The disease may last a month, many months or even years. Psychological, dietary and pain-relieving treatments can help people recover from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Sick Building Syndrome

Sick Building Syndrome, SBS, and Building Related Illness, BRI, are caused by exposure to a variety of toxic or unhealthy substances in a home or workplace. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, people suffering from sick building syndrome experience fatigue and other symptoms, including headache, eye, nose or throat irritation, dry cough, dizziness and nausea. Physicians diagnose Building Related Illness when symptoms can be directly attributed to building contaminants. Its symptoms include body aches, chills and fever.

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