Study finds stress can prolong a cold

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

If you're stressed out and catch a cold, the symptoms from that cold will likely last longer.

A new study out of Carnegie Mellon University finds stress leads to the overproduction of the hormone cortisol, which increases the inflammatory response in the body.

When a person is exposed to a cold, and is also feeling stressed, the increased inflammatory response causes persistent cold symptoms.

Doctors say this adds to the evidence that rest is needed to beat that cold.

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