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Seasonal allergies may increase risk of depression

It's a known fact that seasonal allergies can have adverse physical effects on those who suffer from them, but new research suggests that the condition may affect mood as well.

Data compiled by Teodor Postolache from the University of Maryland in 2008 showed that allergies put patients at an increased risk of developing depression, according to the Winter Park Observer. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation says that one in five Americans suffer from an allergic reaction to spores.

Chronic illness, such as allergies, can wear down individuals emotionally over time. Although the treatment of symptoms through medications can help, taking proactive measures to remove irritants from the air can be beneficial as well.

Air purifiers are one way that allergy sufferers can get rid of mold spores and pollen from their living spaces.

The IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier can remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from the atmosphere. This includes dust, pollen and pet dander that can cause irritation. Its HyperHEPA filter can clear up to 900 square feet of space, making it ideal for households with numerous seasonal allergy sufferers.

2 thoughts on “Seasonal allergies may increase risk of depression”

  • I just read that stress can cause asthma (<a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>), so that you have a vicious circle in which allergies cause depression, depression cause stress and stress causes asthma...

  • Hi Peter,
    The article makes a lot of sense. Stress can undoubtedly bring on disease in general. One's immune system can often take a significant and negative blow when exposed to undue stress. Asthma and ailments like it can definitely become worse when the stressures of life are not properly managed. Fortunately, the opposite is true as well. If one can successfully minimize stress levels, it can actually aid in living a healthier life.