We all know stress isn’t good for our health. It increases the risk of developing high blood pressure and diabetes and contributes to increased levels of anxiety and depression.
Now a study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows that people who are experiencing stress are more likely to have a flare of their allergies. Many of the patients in the study reported an allergic flare within days of the increased stress. Additionally, allergy suffers with more chronic stress experienced allergy flares more often.
The authors recommend ways to alleviate stress, such as meditating, making time for relaxing and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Certainly decreasing stress is good for your overall health, but be sure to see a board-certified allergist to get a comprehensive plan for managing your allergies.