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Hayfever: clinical review


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INTRODUCTION

Hayfever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) is often trivialised but it can cause severe symptoms, and reduce quality of life and educational performance. Hayfever can progress to, or worsen, asthma. Primary healthcare professionals are ideally placed to help patients with hayfever, including pre-emptively selecting patients who have been badly affected in previous years and advising them on an early start to regular preventive therapy or allergen-specific immunotherapy.

This resource discusses why it is important to diagnose and effectively manage seasonal allergic rhinitis. Key learning points include proactive management, comorbidities and allergen avoidance.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After completing this activity, you should be better able to:

  • Distinguish between hayfever and viral colds
  • Determine when skin prick testing or a blood test is needed
  • Advise patients on allergen avoidance
  • Prescribe effectively to get optimal results

AUTHOR

Dr Glenis Scadding

Honorary consultant physician in allergy and rhinology

Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, London

This resource is provided at an intermediate level by MIMS Learning. Read the article and reflect on what you have learned, then answer the test questions at the end.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.