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)

(Claritin)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
seasonal allergy (32)
Treatment name(s)

(Zyrtec)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
seasonal allergy (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Singulair)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
seasonal allergy (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (12) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Astelin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
seasonal allergy (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Flonase Nasal Spray)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
seasonal allergy (12)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (10) depressed mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (11) depressed mood (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (11)

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)

(Claritin)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal allergy (13 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
seasonal allergy (32)
Treatment name(s)

(Zyrtec)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal allergy (21 evaluations)
Side effects
hypermanic sleepiness
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
seasonal allergy (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Singulair)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal allergy (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
seasonal allergy (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 6 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (12) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Astelin)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal allergy (7 evaluations)
Side effects
bitter taste nosebleeds (epistaxis) 3 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
seasonal allergy (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Flonase Nasal Spray)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal allergy (4 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation in nose
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
seasonal allergy (12)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (10) depressed mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth ejaculation delayed 9 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
anxious mood (11) depressed mood (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain acid reflux 3 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (11)
  • 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?

  • 2 new patients joined this month
  • 592 say seasonal allergy is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 15
20s 178
30s 535
40s 600
50s 508
60s 284
70+ 76
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 635
20-29 years 198
30-39 years 73
40-49 years 45
50-59 years 14
60-69 years 4
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 578
Female 1623

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1137
Not Diagnosed 152

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