Having a hectic day doesn’t necessarily cause allergies, but a good mental health means less allergy flare-ups this spring. A study written in the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy indicates those who suffer from allergies and constant stress are more likely to experience allergy flare-ups.
We all know that stress is bad for us. According to allergist Amber Patterson, “Being stress all of the time can cause negative effects on the body, as well as more symptoms for those who suffer from allergies.” A few studies done found that those with repeated allergy flare-ups also are likely to be moody, which may also be a cause of these flare-ups.
Scientists at the Ohio State University examined 178 patients over a three month period. Of these patients, forty percent had more than one allergy flare-up. This group had higher stress levels than the remaining who did not experience any allergy symptoms. Moreover, of the forty percent with allergy symptoms, sixty-four percent had more than four flare-ups over a two-week period.
While there were not that many findings on the correlation between allergy flare-ups and stress on the same day, a few of the sufferers announced having flare-ups within days of elevated daily stress.
“Symptoms of allergies, such as sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose can add on to stress for allergy sufferers, and may even be the main cause of stress for some,” according to Dr. Patterson. “Although relieving stress won’t prevent allergies, it may help to lessen episodes of intense symptoms.”
Those who suffer from allergies can decrease stress by:
- Meditating and deep breathing
- Setting aside time for fun and relaxation
- Choosing a healthy lifestyle by eating healthier, getting enough sleep, and exercising
- Asking for help from someone you trust, i.e social worker, family, friend
- Reducing things that may be causing the stress and learning coping methods