According to researchers from Switzerland and Germany, scientists should be paying more attention to the links between different kinds of allergies and mental health issues like anxiety and depression as according to their investigation; they might have a strong connection.
According to the data collected from CDC i.e. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the sixth major reason for chronic illnesses in the U.S. are allergies which are leading to the cost healthcare exceeding eighteen billion dollars each year.
Furthermore, the CDC has observed that over fifty million of the U.S. residents have one or another form of allergy, whereas in Europe, almost a hundred and fifty million suffer from allergies as reported by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Some research done in this regard suggests that some particular allergic conditions may affect one’s mental health. For example, a study covered by Medical News Today a year ago observed that suffering from asthma, atopic dermatitis (eczema), or allergic rhinitis, might increase one’s risk of the development of mental illness.
In order to study this association further, collaboration has been done between investigators from some Swiss and German Institutions and researchers in Germany from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The team hired almost 1,782 participants and wanted to test out whether there was any association between conditions of mental health, such as depression and anxiety, and various types of allergy.
The recruited participants of the study were aged between 39 to 88 years, having an average age of 61. All the participants lived in the same area of Germany i.e. Augsburg.
In order to carry out their study, only self-reported allergies of type 1 were taken into account by the researchers.
These allergies are the one that causes the patient an immediate reaction just as they are exposed to the allergen. Their symptoms may vary in severity. These allergies range from allergic rhinitis to anaphylaxis and conjunctivitis.