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Adolescents with allergies could be more serious than you think

Allergies and Augusta are as traditional as the Tournament at the Augusta National, but you might not know how far-reaching the consequences of having allergies could be.

Dr. Michael Blaiss, an allergist at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, worked with researchers from the UK and Denmark to explore the effects of hay fever and hay fever with eye allergies in adolescents between the ages of 10-17.

“The emotional burden of hay fever can be huge for adolescents,” said Blaiss. “Three of the studies in our review examined how adolescents are emotionally affected by hay fever and hay fever with eye allergies. They found adolescents with hay fever had higher rates of anxiety and depression, and a lower resistance to stress. The adolescents also exhibited more hostility, impulsivity and changed their minds often.”

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May 25, 2018

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Emily Lacey

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