Stress can exacerbate allergy flare ups

A recent study from Ohio State University, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, has found that stress can exacerbate allergy flare ups. The study observed 179 participants over a 12-week period and found that 39% experienced more than one flare up. That group that experienced the flare up was also found to have higher stress levels.

As an allergist, my main concern and the biggest expectation of me from my patients is that I find the best way to manage a patient's allergies," explains Chicago allergist Brian Rotskoff, MD. "While there are antihistamines that I can prescribe or allergy shots or allergy drops that I can administer, I really strive to treat the condition wholly. From symptoms to triggers to lifestyle, it's all influential.

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