Stress could make allergies worse
Want to keep allergies from driving you crazy in the months ahead? It could help if you try to lower your stress levels, according to a new study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Feeling stressed may help worsen allergy symptoms, researchers concluded. And reducing stress, they said, may decrease the intensity of runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing.
The scientists analyzed 179 participants over a 12-week period. During that time, 39 percent of the study participants had an allergy flare-up. The researchers found that the group with allergy flare-ups had higher stress levels. The flare-ups tended to appear day or two after a high-stress period.
To help lower stress, the researchers recommended meditation, deep breathing and other coping mechanisms that do not involve caffeine or alcohol.