As I am currently suffering from a really badly-running nose, to such an extent that I’m in danger of dropping nose-water, to directly translate the Japanese term, on my keyboard, this recent survey from goo Research and reported on by japan.internet.com into hayfever is most timely for me.
Between the 26th and 31st of March 2009 1,062 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.5% of the sample were male, 17.0% in their teens, 17.6% in their twenties, 21.1% in their thirties, 16.1% in their forties, 15.7% in their fifties, and 12.4% aged sixty or older.
In Q1SQ1 and Q1SQ2 there is the implication, I believe, that the medicines taken are over-the-counter drugs (and quackery), with prescribed cures falling under the “attending hospital” answer.
Any mistakes you find in this entry I blame on the hayfever!
Q1: Do you suffer from hayfever? (Sample size=1,062)
Yes (to SQs) 43.0% No 44.6% Used to, but not now (to SQs) 5.0% Don’t know 7.3%
Q1SQ1: Of all the hayfever countermeasures you take/took, which do you feel is/was the most effective? (Sample size=510)
Oral medicine 29.6% Mask 20.4% Eyedrops 10.8% Nasal drops, spray 8.0% Attending hospital 5.5% Medicinal food 2.4% Glasses, goggles 1.0% Operation 0.0% Nothing in particular 9.0% Other 1.8% Don’t/didn’t take any particular countermeasures 11.6%
Note that three people reported having had an operation to counteract hayfever, yet none of them rated it as the most effective treatment.
Q1SQ2: Have you ever investigated hayfever countermeasures on the internet? (Sample size=510)
Yes, but didn’t take the advice 18.0% Yes, and did take the advice (to SQ3) 23.1% No 58.8%
Q1SQ3: Of all the hayfever countermeasures you looked up on the internet then carried out, which do you feel is/was the most effective? (Sample size=118)
Mask 40.7% Oral medicine 11.9% Eyedrops 10.2% Attending hospital 7.6% Nasal drops, spray 6.8% Medicinal food 6.8% Glasses, goggles 1.7% Operation 0.8% Don’t feel anything is/was effective 12.7% Other 1.7%