How Does Stress Affect Allergies?

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 19, 2020

It doesn’t cause allergies, but stress can make your symptoms worse. When your body is stressed, it releases histamine -- the same chemical that triggers your allergy symptoms. So if you’re already having a reaction, more histamine just means more intense symptoms.

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