Allergies can lead to psychological disorders

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Asthma, hay fever and eczema may be risk factors for psychiatric disorders.

Patients with asthma, hay fever and eczema have an increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders, according to a study published in the medical journal Frontiers of Psychiatry.

Researchers at the Taiwan Hospital conducted a study with 200,000 patients to analyze the link between asthma, eczema, allergic rhinitis and psychological disorders.

“Asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and atopic dermatitis (eczema) are among the most common allergic diseases and are dubbed the three As,” says Dr. Nian-Sheng Tzeng of the Tri-Service General Hospital in Taiwan and lead author of the study.

“As a clinician, I observed that some patients with the three As seemed to be emotionally impaired. Therefore, I wanted to clarify if these allergic diseases are associated with psychiatric disorders.”

The results of the study showed that 10.8% of people with allergies developed psychiatric disorders, compared to 6.7% of people without allergic diseases. An increased risk of 1.66 times.

Further examination of the data revealed that people with atopic dermatitis had a lower risk of developing a psychiatric disorder, while people with asthma and allergic rhinitis were at higher risk. Interestingly, the team also found that the use of certain asthma medications was associated with a lower risk of psychiatric disorders in asthmatic patients.

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Emy Torres

Emy holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and currently freelances part-time for The Talking Democrat.