Here's some research that may help you power through the sneezing and sniffling season: Less stressed people may have fewer allergies, according to a new study published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology.
For the study, researchers enrolled 179 people to record their stress and allergy symptoms over 12 weeks in online diaries. When skimming through the diaries, study authors noted that chronic stress recorded by participants was associated with increased allergy symptoms—the same wasn't true for acute episodes of stress.
This present study didn't look at the possible mechanisms behind this link, but fewer allergy symptoms were spotted in less-stressed people, says study author Amber Patterson, M.D., member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Obviously, this research doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Maybe frequent allergy sufferers are actually more stressed as a result of their symptoms. Further research is needed to determine how stress and allergies are really connected.