oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Stress, infections and asthma : review article

Volume 21 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



Asthma is a major chronic disease among adults and children in most industrialised countries, affecting quality of life and constituting a burden for public health. Among the multitude of factors that contribute to the activity of the disease, psychological stress seems to be implicated. Changes in function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, alterations in the immune system and an increased prevalence of infections that is observed in subjects in the presence of stressors, seem to be critical in order to explain the connection. This is a field open for research, as we are only beginning to understand some of the underlying mechanisms, but also evolving the tools used to assess different types of stress. It is conceivable that removing or reducing the severity of stressors has the potential to contribute to asthma management.

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