Acute hay fever
Those suffering from acute hay fever ask for advice at the pharmacy and seek rapid help for their symptoms. PTA Forum has compiled the most important vocabulary, questions and advice on the subject of "allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis".
Due to the extremely mild temperatures in December and beginning of January, the wind has already been blowing the first hazel and alder pollen through the air. Consequently, many hay fever sufferers were suddenly confronted with watering eyes, a runny nose and swelling of the nasal mucous membrane. Most people know from experience that the problems would be much milder if, when noticing the first symptoms, they used anti-allergic eye drops and nasal sprays or took the appropriate drugs.
It is likely that some tourists are also taken by surprise by this phenomenon. They may be quite helpless in this situation, not having taken their usual medication along with them in their first-aid kit. Nobody can enjoy his or her holidays if breathing becomes difficult and the head is buzzing. Those suffering from pollen allergies, who are on business in Germany, find it hard to concentrate on their work. When in a foreign country, they are hesitant to consult a doctor. They mostly ask a pharmacist for an effective medication to ease their health complaint.
Before being able to recommend the right type of medication, the pharmacist or pharmacy technician needs to ask a few questions. Inter alia it needs to be clarified if the symptoms have been caused by a pollen allergy or a cold.
Important questions for the consultation
|Deutsch / German||Englisch / English|
|Allergenkontakt||contact with the allergen|
|Arztbesuch||visit to the doctor|
|Nasenschleimhaut||nasal mucous membrane|
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