It seems unlikely that mental health and allergies are linked in any way. Fluid discharge or itching on the skin does not seem to match mental and emotional challenges.
However, a new study has shown that people with asthma, eczema and hay fever are at an increased risk of developing a mental disorder.
The study is based on previous work and reinforces previous research; It can also help doctors in treating people with these allergies.
The three A’s
Asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and atopic dermatitis (eczema) are among the most common allergies and are known as the three “A’s”.
The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, found links between mental health and the three A. dr. Nian-Sheng Tzeng, of Taiwan’s Tri-Service General Hospital and lead author of the study, recorded something unexpected in patients suffering from these specific allergies.
Dr. Tzeng: “As a doctor, I have found that some patients with the three A appear to be emotionally affected, so I wanted to clarify if these allergies are related to mental disorders.
Despite previous similar studies on the relationship between mental health and allergies, no studies have been conducted on the relationship between the three A and the risk of developing psychiatric disorders.
In the current study, 10.8% of the subjects developed psychiatric disorders compared to 6.7% of the control group.
Of the three A, eczema caused the least increase in risk. Research has also shown that the use of certain drugs for asthma reduces the risk of developing a psychiatric disorder.
The study did not investigate the possible cause of this strange connection and further research is needed to understand exactly why and how this phenomenon occurs.
However, knowing that there is a link between certain allergies and certain psychiatric disorders could help doctors treat their patients.
“We would like to inform physicians who care for patients with allergic diseases that their risk of psychiatric illness may be higher,” adds Dr. Tzeng. “If you assess your emotional state and control your mental health, you could prevent further mental health problems.”