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Seasonal allergies preventing Aussies from making the most of their Spring calendar?

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New research reveals 50% of Aussies with seasonal allergies admit that their pesky symptoms are impacting their self-esteem

Research released today reveals over half (57%) of Aussies who experience seasonal allergies are concerned about the impact that their symptoms have on their overall wellbeing. Seasonal allergies could be contributing to social isolation with 41% of those surveyed saying they have lied to get out of social plans. Alarmingly, 45% of people with seasonal allergies even avoid outdoor activities altogether. The research was commissioned by FESS® and Zaditen®*.

50% of Aussies who experience seasonal allergies admit their symptoms affect their self-esteem in social situations. Approximately one in three (30%) are embarrassed by visible allergy eye symptoms and even wear sunglasses to hide their red and swollen eyes.

Dr. Wendy Freeman, Allergy Educator from Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA), highlights the importance of being proactive ahead of the spring season by preparing for nose and eye allergies.

“Many people with nose and eye allergies find their symptoms are worse in spring and summer when pollen levels are high. Therefore, it is important to start preventative nasal spray treatment just before the start of spring. Speak to your pharmacist or doctor about the best treatment for you, remembering that you might need a combination of treatments including antihistamine eye drops if you have troublesome eye symptoms.”

“You can also monitor the pollen count each day via an app on your phone and try to stay indoors on high pollen count days.”

Seasonal allergy symptoms are having a great impact on our daily wellbeing. The majority (80%) of Aussies with seasonal allergies agree that their nasal health negatively impacts their sleep, while 1 in 4 (25%) find that their nasal health impacts their ability to focus. The majority (70%) of those surveyed are more conscious of having allergy symptoms at work post-pandemic, and 42% agree that people should stay at home/take a sick day if they feel seasonal allergy symptoms coming on.

“Nose and eye allergies are sometimes dismissed but they can have a big impact on quality of life. It is important for people to see their doctor if their symptoms are not controlled with over-the-counter medication.”

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