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The psychosocial impact of self-reported morning allergy symptoms: findings from an Australian internet-based survey.

Sharp TJ, Seeto C - J Allergy (Cairo) (2010)

Bottom Line: Results.Discussion.Encouraging consumers with self-diagnosed AR to seek formal diagnosis and offering appropriate treatment strategies, such as those offering sustained effectiveness over 24-hours, may aid in negating the negative impact of morning symptoms.

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Affiliation: RMIT School of Health Sciences, Melbourne, VIC 3083, Australia.

ABSTRACT
Background. Allergies can substantially impact health-related quality of life (HRQL). We investigated the psychosocial impact of morning symptoms amongst Australian adults with self-reported allergic rhinitis (AR). Method. An online survey comprising 24 questions was conducted in August 2008. Inclusion criteria were age (20-49 years) and self-reported moderate to severe symptoms of AR. Results. One thousand sixty respondents met the inclusion criteria. Amongst consumers with self-reported AR, symptoms were more severe in the morning in 597 (56%) and affected mood in 1025 (97%). Nine hundred seventy (91%) indicated that their symptoms had some impact on their day ahead and 868 (82%) reported a negative impact on relationships. Morning symptoms in particular had a substantial affect on mood for the day. HRQL impact was more pronounced in those who reported severe symptoms and in females. Discussion. Encouraging consumers with self-diagnosed AR to seek formal diagnosis and offering appropriate treatment strategies, such as those offering sustained effectiveness over 24-hours, may aid in negating the negative impact of morning symptoms.

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Time when allergy symptoms are most severe. Percentage of respondents who replied to the question “When are your allergy symptoms most severe?”
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fig1: Time when allergy symptoms are most severe. Percentage of respondents who replied to the question “When are your allergy symptoms most severe?”

Mentions: Over half of all the participants (597; 56%) reported that their allergy symptoms were more severe in the morning than at any other time of the day (Figure 1). There was no discernable difference between those who reported having “moderate” (55%, n = 477/875) or “severe” (62%, n = 120/185) symptoms. More females reported that their allergy symptoms were at their worst in the mornings (Females: 60% [328/545] versus Males: 52% [269/515]; P < .01).


The psychosocial impact of self-reported morning allergy symptoms: findings from an Australian internet-based survey.

Sharp TJ, Seeto C - J Allergy (Cairo) (2010)

Time when allergy symptoms are most severe. Percentage of respondents who replied to the question “When are your allergy symptoms most severe?”
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig1: Time when allergy symptoms are most severe. Percentage of respondents who replied to the question “When are your allergy symptoms most severe?”
Mentions: Over half of all the participants (597; 56%) reported that their allergy symptoms were more severe in the morning than at any other time of the day (Figure 1). There was no discernable difference between those who reported having “moderate” (55%, n = 477/875) or “severe” (62%, n = 120/185) symptoms. More females reported that their allergy symptoms were at their worst in the mornings (Females: 60% [328/545] versus Males: 52% [269/515]; P < .01).

Bottom Line: Results.Discussion.Encouraging consumers with self-diagnosed AR to seek formal diagnosis and offering appropriate treatment strategies, such as those offering sustained effectiveness over 24-hours, may aid in negating the negative impact of morning symptoms.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: RMIT School of Health Sciences, Melbourne, VIC 3083, Australia.

ABSTRACT
Background. Allergies can substantially impact health-related quality of life (HRQL). We investigated the psychosocial impact of morning symptoms amongst Australian adults with self-reported allergic rhinitis (AR). Method. An online survey comprising 24 questions was conducted in August 2008. Inclusion criteria were age (20-49 years) and self-reported moderate to severe symptoms of AR. Results. One thousand sixty respondents met the inclusion criteria. Amongst consumers with self-reported AR, symptoms were more severe in the morning in 597 (56%) and affected mood in 1025 (97%). Nine hundred seventy (91%) indicated that their symptoms had some impact on their day ahead and 868 (82%) reported a negative impact on relationships. Morning symptoms in particular had a substantial affect on mood for the day. HRQL impact was more pronounced in those who reported severe symptoms and in females. Discussion. Encouraging consumers with self-diagnosed AR to seek formal diagnosis and offering appropriate treatment strategies, such as those offering sustained effectiveness over 24-hours, may aid in negating the negative impact of morning symptoms.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus