HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Hay fever can send work productivity down the drain

COLUMBUS , Ohio -- Employers can blame hay fever for the loss of millions of hours of work productivity this spring.

A new study of nearly 600 people with hay fever symptoms, including sneezing, watery eyes and runny and itchy noses, found that workers missed an hour of work per week during peak hay fever season.

While missing an hour of work a week may seem small, consider that 20 to 50 million Americans suffer from at least some symptoms related to hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, said Sheryl Szeinbach, the study's lead author and a professor of pharmacy practice and administration at Ohio State University.

That means the potential loss of millions of hours of work productivity, not to mention the associated economic costs, she said. Some estimates suggest that nearly 4 million days of missed work each year due to allergy symptoms.

Hay fever symptoms can disrupt all areas of life, and study participants cited a lack of sleep and a negative impact on their overall health as the two main reasons for missing work.

Szeinbach suggests that people who suspect they have hay fever get an allergy test, either from a family doctor or an allergist. In previous work, she found that some people with allergy-like symptoms don't actually have allergies. Almost anything can cause allergy-type symptoms - perfumes, sinus infections, exercise, dust, cold air even if a person doesn't have an allergy.

Diagnostic testing followed by the right kind of treatment may mean less time out of work, she said.

The study currently appears on the website for the Primary Care Respiratory Journal.

Szeinbach and her colleagues collected questionnaires from 577 people whose medical and prescription records showed a diagnosis of allergic rhinitis. Participants were asked about the severity and type of allergy symptoms they had, and whether or not they had seen a physician for treatment.

The researchers placed
'"/>

Contact: Sheryl Szeinbach
Szeinbach@pharmacy.ohio-state.edu
614-688-4249
Ohio State University
25-Apr-2007


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Study shows six-injection allergy vaccine tames hay fever for at least 2 years
2. New allergy vaccine provides long-lasting hay fever relief after just 6 weeks of shots
3. Tulane researcher reports on origin of deadly fever outbreak
4. Rates of eczema and hay fever may be in decline
5. Inner-Sydney study to investigate causes of hayfever and seasonal allergies
6. Halting histamine action means hallelujah for hay fever sufferers
7. Parents need better education to reduce drug overdoses in feverish children
8. A promising candidate for a Lassa fever vaccine
9. Employers who recognize the impact of migraine may help to improve workplace productivity
10. The Vicious Triangle affecting productivity in our public services
11. Funding and bureaucracy, not access to journals, are chief obstacles to scientific productivity

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Mirixa ... (MTM), adherence, and other pharmacist-delivered patient care services, has announced the promotions of ... Hoessel to vice president of sales. , Litsinger joined Mirixa in 2008 ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... With the increasing demand for dental implants, the National ... campaign to inform dentists and patients about the safety issues related to dental restorations. ... in the U.S. is projected to reach $6.4 billion in 2018 with more than ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Premier Fitness Camp (PFC) and The Chopra Center ... loss and wellness program, at their world headquarters of Omni La Costa Resort & ... results to anyone seeking weight loss, personal development, a healthy lifestyle, or mental and ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... 10.2 version gives development continuity to its innovative Unified Instance Manager architecture, ... capacity. In addition, this new version optimizes the unattended auto-dialing system without ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... STATEN ISLAND, N.Y., ... for adherence to the highest standards of trauma, maternity, cancer and chronic obstructive ... president and CEO, Dr. Daniel Messina. , Among the recognitions, the American College ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... LONDON , Dec. 8, 2016  The global ... of 8.8% during the forecast period of 2016 to ... billion by 2021 from USD 18.21 billion in 2016. ... surgeries, rising incidences of sports related injuries and spinal ... and rising need of effective blood loss management. ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... KEY FINDINGS The global medical ... Various reasons for growth of the medical lifting sling ... chronic diseases, high recovery cost of injuries and government ... lifting sling refers to an assistive device that helps ... connect to the lift and hold the patient. It ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) has been recognized by the Detroit Free ... To learn more about Diplomat,s career opportunities, visit ... ... ... a research firm specializing in organizational health and workplace improvement. The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: