In an April 2014 study, allergist Amber Patterson, M.D., and her team at Ohio State University studied the stress and allergy symptoms of 179 male and female allergy sufferers between the ages of 35 and 60. For a total of 28 days, the participants kept a daily online diary to record allergy flares, stressful events, perceived emotional stress and mood. They also provided four saliva samples each day, which the researchers analyzed to determine cortisol levels, a physiological measure of stress. The results revealed a clear correlation: Those participants who reported more stress also reported more allergy flare-ups.
Stress is a known trigger for eczema, another autoimmune condition, and can bring on a nasty bout of the itchy-scratchies. The findings paint a similar picture.
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