Study confirms correlation between allergies and mental health. New research shows that people with allergies have a higher risk of developing mental health conditions than other people.
The researchers recently analyzed UK Biobank data to analyze the relationship between allergies and mental health conditions.
Previous research has shown that people with allergies are more likely to have at least one mental health condition. It has pinpointed a link between depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety among people with atopic dermatitis (AD), for example. Also asthma and allergic rhinitis, or “hay fever,” have been associated with schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder.
Now, in addition, the latest study reveals the relationship between allergies and mental health.
For the study, the researchers used Mendelian randomization to investigate the possible gene-level causal association between mental health disorders and allergies as well as asthma, AD, and hay fever.
The researchers note mental health conditions included depression, major depressive disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and neuroticism. However, they concluded that they did not find evidence of causal effects between allergic disease genetic risk and mental health.
The study has been published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy.
“Our research does not rule out a potential causal effect upon the progression of disease, which is yet to be investigated and could help uncover novel treatment strategies for allergic disease or mental health traits,” lead study author Dr. Ashley Budu-Aggrey, also a senior research associate at Bristol Medical School said.