Allergies more likely to flare-up when stressed

People who suffer from hayfever or some other form of allergy may want to avoid becoming stressed, as it can cause them to flare-up, a new study finds.

According to, experts at the Ohio State University in the US reveal that the more someone gets stressed, the more allergy 'attacks' they have. Lead author of the study, Dr Amber Patterson, says people's negative moods might be what cause the flare-ups.

"Stress can cause several negative effects on the body, including causing more symptoms for allergy sufferers," she explains. "Symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes can cause added stress for allergy sufferers, and may even be the root of stress for some."

She adds that symptoms cannot be fought off completely by reducing stress levels, but it may help reduce the number of attacks people experience.

In order to keep stress levels to a minimum, the experts suggest avoiding cigarettes and coffee. Moreover, meditation and breathing deeply can also help, reports

As part of the study, 179 people with allergies were studied over 12 weeks. The researchers found 39 per cent of patients who suffered from more than one attack were also the most stressed of the group. Some 64 per cent of people who were stressed experienced more than four allergy attacks over two 14-day periods.