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
44
Tried for
seasonal allergy (44)
Treatment name(s)

(Claritin)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
seasonal allergy (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Singulair)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
seasonal allergy (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Flonase Nasal Spray)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
seasonal allergy (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
pain (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
pain (14) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Astelin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
seasonal allergy (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (12) depressed mood (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
depressed mood (11) seasonal allergy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
depressed mood (10) fatigue (1)

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 (33 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness fatigue 3 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
seasonal allergy (44)
Treatment name(s)

(Claritin)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal allergy (16 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
seasonal allergy (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Singulair)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal allergy (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
seasonal allergy (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Flonase Nasal Spray)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal allergy (7 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation in nose metallic taste in mouth
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
seasonal allergy (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 6 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (14) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Astelin)
Perceived effectiveness
for seasonal allergy (7 evaluations)
Side effects
bitter taste gastroesophageal reflux disease 3 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
seasonal allergy (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dry mouth 8 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
anxious mood (12) depressed mood (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
itchy skin suicidal thoughts or urges 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
depressed mood (11) seasonal allergy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth heart palpitations 4 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
depressed mood (10) fatigue (1)
  • 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 14
20s 182
30s 538
40s 600
50s 498
60s 279
70+ 66
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 634
20-29 years 197
30-39 years 72
40-49 years 45
50-59 years 14
60-69 years 4
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 576
Female 1607

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1135
Not Diagnosed 152

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