Attitudes About Allergies

Sloane Miller Health Guide
  • Between January and February 2008, a national telephone survey was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Schering-Plough/MERCK Pharmaceuticals of 1,007 consumers, 1,006 allergy sufferers and 302 physicians. Specifically, this telephone surveyed the psychosocial aspects of allergies: ambivalence toward allergies symptoms; the impact and the emotional impact of allergy symptoms; and the management of symptoms.


    Study highlights:


    How allergy symptoms affect the moods of allergy sufferers:

    • 62% said their allergies affect their mood.
    • 41% of participants are frustrated with their quality of life when they can't enjoy activities or are forced to skip them because of allergies.


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    How physicians view allergies:

    • 84% of physicians said that, in general, patients do not overstate allergy symptoms.
    • 79% of physicians feel the medical community should take allergies more seriously than they have in the past five years.
    • The majority of physicians (98%) agree that allergy symptoms interfere significantly or somewhat with sufferers' ability to perform work duties or tasks.



    Allergy suffers feel their symptoms are not viewed seriously:


    • Allergy sufferers feel that people around them view their allergies as somewhat serious or not serious, including their relatives (81 percent), friends (86 percent) and coworkers (78 percent).


    How allergies are viewed by others:

    • 78% of consumers said they feel sorry for people with allergies.
    • 36% of consumers say sufferers overstate the severity of their symptoms and 30% of consumers feel allergy sufferers use their symptoms as an excuse to get out of things.


    How allergies are managed or not managed:

    • When their allergy symptoms are bothering them, seven in 10 allergy sufferers (70%) do not make an appointment with their doctor to specifically discuss their allergies. Of those allergy sufferes, 42% do not think allergies are a serious enough problem to discuss with their doctor.
    • Almost all physicians (97 percent) are interested in exploring new treatments for indoor and outdoor allergies.
    • Only 2% of physicians are very satisfied with the efficacy of currently available over-the-counter medications; 19% are satisfied and 70 percent are only somewhat satisfied with efficacy of currently available over-the-counter medications.
    • 66% of physicians agree most over-the-counter medications deliver adequate relief and 76% of physicians believe multiple medications are needed to alleviate allergy symptoms.


    Where you can read more

    The study can be found here and if you or a loved one suffer from allergies you might want to check this out, have a read and talk with you doctor about your quality of life.

Published On: May 16, 2008