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Students weakened by untreated allergies during exam season

DANISH NEWS - With exams comes summer and with summer comes pollen. Students suffering from hay fever could get worse grades

Students at Danish universities are in the middle of exam times, trying to perform their utmost, and to ace their tests.

But at the same time, pollen is sweeping in over the country, and that may weaken students’ performance if they don’t take their symptoms seriously, MetroExpress writes Monday.

A new survey by YouGov shows that 62 pct. of 18-34 year olds that have symptoms of pollen allergies haven’t seen a doctor. And that can have a detrimental effect on their grades.

Better to get it treated

“Students need to be able to use their brains to be productive. And productivity is very low among students with untreated symptoms. They could get relatively better exam results and fewer sick days if they had their hay fever treated,” says Torben Evald, specialist in allergies.

Hay fever is very common among people between 15 and 30 years old, according to Astma-Allergi Denmark and about 20 pct. experience symptoms of hay fever.

Symptoms includes a runny nose, itchy eyes, itchy skin and trouble breathing.

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