The Link Between Allergies and ADHD

Mainly in children, studies have shown that allergy symptoms are linked to a higher risk of ADHD. Understanding this connection and ensuring that children receive the allergy treatment that they need can help preserve their long-term wellbeing. 

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. This condition affects many adults, but is one of the most prevalent mental disorders among children. The main symptoms of ADHD include hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. 

The ADHD-Allergy Link

A study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology in 2013 found a link to a higher prevalence of allergies, asthma, and skin infections in boys with ADHD symptoms. However, the study didn’t reveal whether the allergies cause the ADHD symptoms or vice versa. 

Additionally, in a 2018 study published in Scientific Reports, children with ADHD were used as participants to determine the link between ADHD and allergic diseases. The study found that:

  • 24.5% of participants had symptoms of asthma
  • 61.6% of participants had symptoms of rhinitis
  • 20.4% of participants had symptoms of eczema

As a result, rhinitis symptoms and eczema symptoms were proven to have a notable association with a heightened risk of ADHD. 

Why Are Allergies Linked To ADHD?

The health of the immune system, which is responsible for allergy symptoms, can have a significant impact on a child’s behavior. Allergies are triggered by immune responses that typically cause inflammation, leading to symptoms such as nasal congestion, coughing, sneezing, chest tightness, and eye irritation. The inflammatory responses caused by allergies may impact the central nervous system, making children more susceptible to neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD

If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of allergies, asthma, or eczema, visit Kratz Allergy & Asthma. Our experienced allergists can provide the treatment needed to achieve relief and prevent complications from these conditions!