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Stress May Make Allergies Worse

April 21, 2014

Stress may trigger symptom flare-ups in people with seasonal allergies, a new study suggests.

Researchers followed 179 people with hay fever for 12 weeks, and found that 39 percent of them had more than one flare-up. Those patients had higher levels of stress than those who didn’t have allergy symptoms during the study period.

Sixty-four percent of the participants with higher stress levels had more than four flare-ups over two 14-day periods, according to the findings in the April issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

There was no significant link between stress and flare-ups on the same day, but a number of people had flare-ups within days of experiencing increased daily stress, the researchers said.

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