Seasonal allergy

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What is seasonal allergy?

Airborne pollen from plants or spores can trigger an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals from trees, grasses and ragweed characterized by itchy skin, runny nose, watery and/or red eyes. For some people symptoms occur seasonally, for other they may occur throughout the year.

Common symptoms reported by people with seasonal allergy

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with seasonal allergy

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zyrtec)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
seasonal allergy (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Claritin)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
seasonal allergy (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Singulair)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
seasonal allergy (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
pain (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
depressed mood (20) pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
pain (20) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (17) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
pain (15) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flonase Nasal Spray)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
seasonal allergy (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Astelin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
seasonal allergy (14)

Data from patients with seasonal allergy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with seasonal allergy

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zyrtec)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal allergy (29 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness dizziness 6 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
seasonal allergy (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Claritin)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal allergy (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
seasonal allergy (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Singulair)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal allergy (10 evaluations)
Side effects
cold intolerance dizziness and feeling faint 4 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
seasonal allergy (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
anorgasmia chronic constipation 9 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dry mouth 19 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
depressed mood (20) pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision sleepiness 11 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
pain (20) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness difficulty waking up 4 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (17) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain balanced translocation 10 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (15) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flonase Nasal Spray)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal allergy (8 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation in nose
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
seasonal allergy (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Astelin)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal allergy (7 evaluations)
Side effects
bitter taste gastroesophageal reflux disease 3 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
seasonal allergy (14)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with seasonal allergy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has seasonal allergy on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 18
20s 213
30s 514
40s 560
50s 411
60s 195
70+ 38
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 619
20-29 years 191
30-39 years 69
40-49 years 40
50-59 years 15
60-69 years 3
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

74% Female
26% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,020
Not Diagnosed 144

These charts show data from seasonal allergy patients who have completed their condition history
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