A new study links stress to allergy flare-ups

A new study has linked stress to frequent asthma flare-ups.

If you suffer from allergies, you know what the common triggers are that will cause you to have an attack – pollen, certain fruits, pet dander. According to a new study, there is something else that might be exacerbating your season allergies, a feeling that every single person on the planet feels at one point or another: Stress. While people cannot be allergic to stress, it can make the allergies worse.

The report, which was published in the April issue of the medical journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, is the result of researchers following 180 people who suffer from hay fever around for a period of 12 weeks, in order to see if their allergy symptoms present themselves and determine their root cause. During the study, 39 percent of the subjects had more than one allergy flare-up.

What the researchers then found was that this 39 percent had higher levels of daily stress than those who did not experience any symptoms. Those leading the research concluded that, while stress is not an immediate trigger for an allergy attack, those who are significantly more stressed are more vulnerable to their allergies because of the weakened state of their bodies.

“Stress can cause several negative effects on the body, including causing more symptoms for allergy sufferers,” study author Dr. Amber Patterson of Ohio State University, said in a press release. “Our study also found those with more frequent allergy flares also have a greater negative mood, which may be leading to these flares,” she added.

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