Clinical Neuroscience

[Effects of nasal provocation with a single-dose allergen on the explicit and implicit memory of physically active and inactive patients with ragweed allergy]

TOKODI Margaréta1,2, CSÁBI Eszter3, KIRICSI Ágnes1,2, SCHULTZ Rebeka1, MOLNÁR H Andor4, ROVÓ László1, BELLA Zsolt1

JANUARY 30, 2018

Clinical Neuroscience - 2018;71(01-02)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.18071/isz.71.0025

[Background and purpose - Allergy is an endemic disease and has a considerable impact on the quality of life. This study aimed to measure the effect of active allergic rhinitis on memory functions of physically active and inactive patients with ragweed allergy. Methods - Memory functions were assessed before and after allergen exposure. Participants in both groups were provoked nasally with 30 IR/mL ragweed allergen in each nostril. Explicit memory was measured with story-recalling and implicit memory was investigated with reaction time task. Results - In neuropsychological assessments athletes performed significantly better, compared with the control group after allergen provocation in short-term and long-term memory functions. There was no difference between the groups in the implicit tasks. Athletes have achieved better results after provocation, comparing to the baseline test and the tests that measured short-term and long-term memory functions. Conclusion - Short-term disturbing factors, e.g. swollen nasal mucosa, sneezing, and watery eyes after provocation did have not caused deterioration in cognitive functions. A single-shot allergen in high doses have caused an increase of mental concentration, which was more pronounced in athletes.]

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  1. Szegedi Tudományegyetem, Fül-orr-gégészeti és Fej-nyaksebészeti Klinika, Szeged
  2. Szegedi Tudományegyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar Doktori Iskola, Szeged
  3. Szegedi Tudományegyetem, Pszichológiai Intézet Kognitív- és Neuropszichológia Tanszék, Szeged
  4. Szegedi Tudományegyetem, Testnevelési és Sporttudományi Intézet, Szeged

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