CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Apr 22, 2014) - From person to person, stress manifests in different ways. No matter how you handle stress, the fact of the matter is that stress affects us all. For allergy sufferers, high levels of stress can cause a flare up of symptoms.
"As an allergist, my main concern and the biggest expectation of me from my patients is that I find the best way to manage a patient's allergies," explains Chicago allergist Brian Rotskoff, MD. "While there are antihistamines that I can prescribe or allergy shots or allergy drops that I can administer, I really strive to treat the condition wholly. From symptoms to triggers to lifestyle, it's all influential."
A recent study from Ohio State University, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, has found that stress can exacerbate allergy flare ups. The study observed 179 participants over a 12-week period and found that 39% experienced more than one flare up. That group that experienced the flare up was also found to have higher stress levels. http://www.annallergy.org/article/S1081-1206(13)00492-4/abstract
"With this study, we now have a little more insight into what may contribute to an allergy flare up -- one more factor to look at means one more way we can combat allergies," says Dr. Rotskoff. "It may be easier said than done, but if stress is worsening allergies, then a patient with allergies needs to find ways to reduce stress."
Stress relief with an allergy treatment regimen
For any patient of Dr. Rotskoff that is seeking allergy relief, care is taken from the start to get to the root of the problem. Comprehensive testing will determine which allergens trigger reactions, followed by the establishment of a treatment regimen. Depending on the diagnosis, Dr. Rotskoff may recommend allergy shots or allergy drops to aid in immunotherapy to gradually eradicate allergic reactions.
"With immunotherapy a person with allergies is working at building an immunity to their allergies over time," explains Dr. Rotskoff. "Before a person completes their regimen and achieves immunity, they may experience the occasional sneezing, itchy, watery eyes and runny nose. If a patient has experienced a flare up caused by stress in the past, I will recommend that they make efforts to try and reduce stress while coping with allergies."
Dr. Rotskoff recommends finding a stress-reducing mechanism that works best for the individual. From meditation and deep breathing exercises to avoiding caffeine and smoking, which can heighten the effects of stress, there are variety of ways to reduce stress and allergy symptoms. With the proper allergy treatment routine, and some stress relieving activities control of allergies is not unattainable.
If you are looking for relief from your allergy symptoms, call Dr. Rotskoff at Clarity Allergy Center today.