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How does hay fever affect students taking exams?

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Pearce L (2013) Managing hay fever during the exam period. Nursing Times; 109: 12, 20-22

 

Author

Linda Pearce is a Respiratory Consultant Nurse at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

 

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

- The prevalence and symptoms of hay fever

- Drawbacks of self-medicating

- How you can control hay fever symptoms

- Advise on where to seek help, particularly during exam periods

 

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING

The prevalence of hay fever and the effect it has on young people.

 

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?

This article would be useful in two situations: Firstly, if you were nursing someone with hayfever and were asked for advise on controlling symptoms. Secondly, if you yourself suffer from hayfever, particularly during exam periods, and want to know how you can manage this without your exam results suffering.

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

Do you get many students seeking help with hay fever during exam periods?

How best can students control their symptoms at these times?

 

STUDENT NT DECODER

Seasonal allergic rhinitis

Also known as hay fever. Symptoms can include runny or blocked nose, itchy, red or watery eyes, frequent sneezing and an itchy feeling in the mouth, throat, nose or ears. These symptoms appear shortly after contact with allergens (pollen)

Corticosteroids

Potent anti-inflammatory agents – usually comes in the form of nasal spray

Antihistamines

Medication often used to treat allergies by blocking the effects of histamines – comes as tablets, sprays or creams.

Mast cell stabilisers

Eye drops used to prevent the release of histamine and therefore control hay fever symptoms.

Leukotriene receptor antagonists

Come in tablet form and work by blocking the part of the inflammatory cascade that is initiated when an individual is exposed to an allergen

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