With the main hay fever, in particular cedar fever, season nearly over, this report from japan.internet.com on a survey by goo Research Inc into hay fever is interesting to see how it has affected people this spring.
Between the 3rd and 5th of April 2008 1,096 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.9% of the sample was male, 16.4% in their teens, 18.1% in their twenties, 21.2% in their thirties, 16.3% in their forties, 16.1% in their fifties, and 11.9% aged sixty or older.
I actually had my worst hay fever this year, when about three weeks ago my nose started running freely. I went to a local ear, nose and throat clinic and got some anti-histamines, nasal spray and eye drops. The pills knocked me for six, such that I was unable to take the prescribed two per day, just one, and I quit after three days. The nose spray did the trick, though, and although it lasted less than two weeks I’ve had almost no problems even after it finished.
Q1: Do you get hay fever? (Sample size=1,096)
Yes (to SQs) 42.4% No 43.0% Used to, but don’t now (to SQs) 3.5% Don’t know 11.1%
When the 503 people who have or have had hay fever were asked what measures they took against it, the top was eye drops, with 60.4% of sufferers choosing them. Next 51.7% used a mask, and 49.1% took oral medicines. The next questions were asked to the same 503 people.
Q1SQ1: Why do/did you select the anti-hay fever measures you take/took? (Sample size=503, multiple answer)
Votes Percentage Just because 215 42.7% Hospital recommendation 100 19.9% Family recommendation 90 17.9% Saw a television programme 67 13.3% Friend recommendation 44 8.7% Pharmacy recommendation 39 7.8% Saw information on the internet 32 6.4% Saw a magazine article 18 3.6% Other 27 5.4%
Q1SQ2: Have you ever looked up the internet for anti-hay fever-related information? (Sample size=503)
Yes 42.4% No 54.1% Never used the internet 1.2% Can’t remember 2.4%
It’s interesting to note that over 40% looked up information on the internet, but only 6% acted upon it to choose anti-hay fever treatment.