Stress Can INCREASE a Person's Allergies!
Researchers at Ohio State University recently published an article in the June 2009 journal Psychoneuroendocrinology titled "How stress and anxiety can alter immediate and late phase skin test responses in allergic rhinitis."
What they found was that allergic responses to a skin prick increased after a stressful event compared to a non-stressful event. Anxiety also substantially enhanced the effects of stress far into the future as even skin tests performed the day after the stressor reflected the continuing impact of the stressor among the more anxious participants.
Read the NYT article on this here.
Yet another thing to think about in allergic patients...
Read more about the study here.