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Is stress making your allergies worse?

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HuffingtonPostHere’s a good reason for allergy sufferers to stay calm and collected: Persistent stress is associated with flare-ups, according to a new study.

The study, published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, shows an association between higher perceived stress and allergy flares.

“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,” study researcher Dr. Amber Patterson, M.D., of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University, said in a statement. “While alleviating stress won’t cure allergies, it may help decrease episodes of intense symptoms.”

Keep reading to see what researchers found about the connection between allergies and stress…

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