Does Stress Lead to Allergies?

Want relief from you allergies? Get stress out of your life.

According to, "Stress doesn’t cause allergies, but easing your mind might mean less allergy flare-ups this spring."

“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.”

In a recent study, 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, the Web site reports.

“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.”

Here are some ways to get rid of that stress:

• Meditating and breathing deeply
• Reducing things that may be responsible for stress and learning how to cope better (i.e. not turning to smoking or caffeine which can do more damage than good)
• Asking for help whether from a social worker, family member or colleague
• Making time for fun and relaxation
• Adopting a healthy lifestyle by eating right, getting enough sleep and taking care of health conditions


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