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AGW Nurse Notes
The grass is turning green, trees are budding and the flowers are blooming. As spring arrives, so do seasonal allergies (also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis). This very common medical problem can effect up to 15% of the population, including children and adults. The symptoms include congestion, clear runny nose, scratchy sore throat, itchy eyes, and headache. The symptoms occur when a sensitive person inhales the allergen and their body’s immune system reacts to the allergen by releasing histamine causing the allergy symptoms. Ragweed is a very common allergen, affecting up to 75% of allergy sufferers.
Symptoms can be treated with various over-the-counter medications. Antihistamines are commonly used to relieve allergy symptoms. There are several types of antihistamines available. Some brands work better for some people than for others so if one brand doesn’t work for you, try another brand. It is very important to follow the label directions completely to achieve the most benefit from the medication. Antihistamines dry the mucus membranes and cause a dry mouth, so it is important to drink lots of liquids (especially water) when taking an antihistamine. They can also cause drowsiness so it is important not to drive or operate machinery when taking this medication. It may make it hard for students to sit in class and learn if they are tired from the medication. Some of the newer antihistamines come in non-drowsy forms and may be a good alternative. If symptoms are more severe or are not relieved with over-the-counter medication, you should consult your doctor as there are stronger prescription medications available.
Other medications can be used to relieve allergy symptoms including decongestants to relieve the nasal congestion. Pain reliever medications (such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminpohen) can be used to relieve headache. It is important to always follow medication labels when administering any medication.
PLEASE REMEMBER STAFFFORD COUNTY SCHOOL MEDICATION POLICY—ANY MEDCIATION GIVEN AT SCHOOL BY THE SCHOOL NURSE (INCLUDING OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS AND COUGH DROPS) MUST HAVE A DOCTOR’S ORDER ON FILE IN THE CLINIC.