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Study shows stress makes allergies worse

People who have to deal with springtime allergies often become stressed as a result. A recent study from the Ohio State University analyzed the symptoms that 179 patients dealt with over a three-month period, and the findings showed that those who had higher stress had more symptoms. Increased stress levels were tied to more frequent and severe allergy flare-ups. 

"Stress can cause several negative effects on the body, including causing more symptoms for allergy sufferers," said Dr. Amber Patterson, an allergist. "Our study also found those with more frequent allergy flares also have a greater negative mood, which may be leading to these flares." 

Patterson also noted that the symptoms of allergies themselves could lead to increased stress. Investing in a medical-grade device such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, which is capable of relieving some allergies, can go a long way toward allowing individuals to relax. By clearing the air of many allergens and irritants, these home air purifiers cultivate a more comfortable environment for people. 

Purchasing air purifiers may provide relief and peace of mind for people with allergies, but there are other options these individuals should explore along with this investment. Meditation, making time for fun and learning how to cope with stress can lead to better management of allergies.