Hay fever sufferers may be four times more likely to develop mental illness, new research claims.
But it’s not just a runny nose and itchy eyes that triggers mood slumps. Scientists believe inflammation in blood vessels and tissues throughout the body caused by an allergic reaction to pollen can have a long-lasting effect on the brain.
However, some believe taking an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen could help.
The latest research is looking at whether inflammation can trigger depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Just recently, researchers at the National Yang-Ming University of Taiwan looked at nearly 10,000 teenagers with hay fever and 30,000 without. Both groups were studied for a decade. They found that the adolescents with hay fever were four times more likely to be diagnosed as bipolar as adults. All of this was published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research.
But really… could a runny nose be linked to depression? Well, scientists admit that they aren’t completely sure. More research is needed. And now there’s new research in looking at whether anti-inflammatory drugs could treat depression.
(sources: BBC, TV3, Daily Mail)