Having Hay Fever Can Lower Your Grades: Study

Having Hay Fever Can Lower Your Grades: Study

Looking for straight A’s and an education at a top-notch school? Better treat that sniffle, the Norwegians are saying.

It’s that season again. Everyone with allergies is beginning to run around, sneezing like mad.

Allergies to pollen strike an estimated 50 million people each year in the United States, and most of think that it simply causes discomfort. A stuffy nose, itchy eyes, feeling sluggish- none of it’s contagious.

Most of us feel it’s a temporary thing that, annoying as it is, will sometime go away.

Related: These ‘Bad Habits’ Can Protect You Against Allergies

But that may not be the whole picture. A study out of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway is saying that pollen allergies are affecting students’ grades. Didn’t get into Harvard? It might be your hay fever holding you back.

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Bad Exams

PhD candidate Simon Bensnes looked at the results of end-of-year exams taken by students in Norway between 2008-2011. It was found that when pollen counts went up, the grades of 10 per cent of those students who were allergic to pollen actually decreased by a 2.5 per cent, or a whole grade.

Student suffering from hay fever had grades that dropped from B to B-, C to C- and so forth.

Related: Why the Heck Do We Get Seasonal Allergies?

What did Bensnes, the study author, have to say about it?

“The results appear to show that pupils with pollen allergies don’t have the same opportunities to study what they want to at university — not because their skills are inferior, but because they are suffering from hay fever symptoms during the exams,” he commented.

The solution? Students need to be properly diagnosed and therefore have the chance to be medicated, Bensnes feels.

So, there you go kids: tell your parents it wasn’t for lack of trying that you didn’t get in, it was simply the trees. That being said, don’t worry too much. You’re bound to get a great education at a school that appreciates every part of you, including your sniffling nose.

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