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Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions can range from minor itching to life threatening.  Imagine you are on a date and your date orders shrimp.  While you are enjoying dinner your partner starts coughing, their face turned red and it becomes increasingly difficult for them to speak.  In that instant the first thing you need to do is call 911.  If Benadryl or another allergy medicine is available and they can take it, give it to them.  Now, I know I am being dramatic but the point is to teach you the most important thing is to get the appropriate care quickly.  In this case minutes matter.  Most often you see a red raised blotch (hives) which are very itchy.  Benadryl or another antihistamine can stop the progression of the allergic reaction.  In most instances taking Benadryl or another antihistamine can stop the progression of the allergic reaction.  In most instances taking Benadryl or another antihistamine for two or three days will get rid of the allergic reaction.  For any worsening of symptoms contact your physician or go to the emergency room.


Seasonal Allergies

With the warm weather approaching and spring in full bloom, we will be more prone to seasonal allergies.  Typical symptoms include tearing eyes, nasal congestion or runny nose and a loose hacking type cough.  These symptoms can be controlled by taking over the counter (otc) medications such as Claritin or Alavert.  These medicines generally stop the symptoms without making you tired.   If your symptoms make you toss and turn all night and leave you miserable, Benadryl can help.  Benadryl, however will make you tired and should not be taken with alcohol or certain other medicines so be sure to read the package before taking any medicine.  If you develop a fever or any worsening symptoms contact your physician or go to an emergency room.  Good luck and have a great summer.  As always, if you are not feeling well feel free to stop by Health Services to be checked out.  Our phone number is 908-737-4880.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call Health Services at (908) 737-4880 or come by we are located at Downs Hall, Room 126.


2010 Pap Guidelines

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently came out with new Pap smear guidelines.

Women should have their first screening Pap smear at age 21 unless the woman has had a previous abnormal Pap smear.

Women in their 20’s should have a Pap smear every two years (assuming prior Pap smears have been normal)

Women age 30 and older who have had three consecutive normal Pap smears should have a Pap smear every three years

Women who have had a hysterectomy for non-cancerous reasons do not need a Pap smear unless they have a cervix

These guidelines need to be followed whether you have or have not had the HPV vaccine.

Kean University Health Services is putting the ACOG recommendations into practice starting January 2010.

We still recommend a yearly physical including a breast exam, pelvic exam*, and STI screening if indicated.

You must have an annual exam to receive birth control.

If you have ever had an abnormal Pap smear, consult with a physician concerning how often you will need a Pap smear.

* The pelvic exam may or may not include a Pap smear based upon your history and the ACOG guidelines. Your physician will discuss this with you at the time of your appointment.

If you have any further questions contact us at (908)737-4880.


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Lori Purwin, RN

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