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Study finds persistent stress can cause frequent allergy symptoms
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 1, 2014) -Stress doesn t cause allergies, but easing your mind might mean less allergy flare-ups this spring. According to a study published in the April issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, allergy sufferers with persistent stress experience more allergy flares. Stress can cause several negative effects on the body, including causing more symptoms for allergy sufferers, said allergist Amber Patterson, MD, lead study author and ACAAI member. Our study also found those with more frequent allergy flares also have a greater negative mood, which may be leading to these flares. Researchers from The Ohio State University analyzed 179 patients for 12 weeks. Thirty-nine percent had more than one allergy flare. This group had higher stress than the group without allergy symptoms. Of this group, 64 percent had more than four flares over two, 14 day periods.While there were no significant findings between allergy flares and stress on the same day, a number of sufferers reported allergy flares within days of increased daily stress. Symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes can cause added stress for allergy sufferers, and may even be the root of stress for some, said Dr. Patterson. While alleviating stress won t cure allergies, it may help decrease episodes of intense symptoms. Allergy sufferers can help alleviate stress by:
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