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Stress is a known trigger for many people with hereditary angioedema (HAE). It can cause an HAE attack. This can be physical stress like an intense workout, an injury or infection, standing too long or having dental work. It can be mental or emotional stress. You may feel stressed about living with HAE. Or you may worry when an attack might happen. Stressful events, whether good or bad, happen in daily life. Things like a job change, a death in the family, planning a wedding or worrying about family members can cause stress. While having stress is normal, it’s important to manage your level of stress.
What makes one person feel stressed may not be stressful to another person. In the same way, what helps prevent or relieve stress is different for each person. What’s important is to learn what makes you feel stressed and take steps to help reduce your stress. Managing stress is an important part of self-care. Self-care means taking care of yourself so you stay healthier.
Self-care is important for your health. Here are some ideas that may help:
- Learn as much as you can about HAE.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
- Get enough sleep every night.
- Stay as physically active as you can.
- Keep up with your usual routine.
- Make time to do things that are important to you.
- Make time to do things that relax you.
- Practice yoga or meditation.
- Talk to trusted friends and family.
- Join a support group (in person or online).
- Know that you have a plan in place for what to do if you have an attack.
Think about specific ideas that might work for you. Talk to your HAE team. CVS Specialty® can also help you stay on track and get the best outcomes from your HAE treatment plan. Call us at 1-800-225-5967 to speak to a pharmacist or nurse specially trained in caring for HAE.
Education and Support Resources
The US Hereditary Angioedema Association
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