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Can Allergies make ADD/ADHD worse?

Looking for Ear, Nose and Throat care tips? Our doctors and staff share the latest developments in our blog.

Can Allergies make ADD/ADHD worse?

Ten percent of children in the USA are diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or its cousin Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD.) ADHD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The treatment often requires medications, which has a number of side effects.

Growing research is searching for other contributing factors to ADD/ADHD. For example, treating enlarged tonsils and snoring have been shown to decrease the need for ADHD medications. Now a recent paper suggests allergies can also play a role in making things worse for the child suffering from attention issues.

A group of researchers in Taiwan looked at 68 children age 6-16 years who were diagnosed with ADHD. They were then treated for allergy problems and then followed. After treatment, not only did their allergy symptom scores improve significantly but so did their ADHD scores! Many no longer needed medication.

The study’s authors think the reason for the improvement is similar to snoring children who have their tonsils removed…improved sleep. Poor sleep quality, which is common in children with allergies, can lead to problems in attention.

The take home: If your child suffers from ADHD/ADD AND has allergy symptoms, see an Allergy specialist who can help.

At the Sinus Center at ENT Specialists of Wisconsin, we have helped hundreds of children with allergy issues improve their quality of life. Call us today and let us help your child live life to its fullest!