Spring Allergy Symptoms Aggravated by Stress

Pharmacy Times, April 2015 Respiratory Health, Volume 81, Issue 4

Sufferers of spring allergies may be able to reduce their seasonal flareups by lowering their stress level, according to a study.

Sufferers of spring allergies may be able to reduce their seasonal flareups by lowering their stress level, according to a study.

The study, published in the April 2014 issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, analyzed 179 patients over a 12-week period. The research team found that those who experienced 2 or more allergy flares (39% of all participants) also had higher stress levels than those who had fewer than 2 allergies flares. In addition, a number of participants experienced allergy flares within days of increased stress.

“Stress can cause several negative effects on the body, including causing more symptoms for allergy sufferers,” said lead author Amber Patterson, MD, 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.” Dr. Patterson noted that while reducing stress cannot cure seasonal allergies, it may decrease the frequency and intensity of symptoms.

In a press release announcing the study results, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommended several ways in which patients can reduce their stress level during allergy season, including meditating, adopting healthy lifestyle practices, and making time for fun or relaxing activities.