Seasonal Allergies Survey: Symptoms Can Impact Plans and Activities

Springtime for many Americans means warmer weather, blooming flowers, and outdoor activities. But for others, it’s known as allergy season. Seasonal allergies can be incredibly bothersome and even keep some people from enjoying their favorite outdoor activities. How many Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, and in what ways do allergies impact their everyday lives?

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Allergy Sufferers

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 28% of US respondents said that they suffer from seasonal allergies every year. Another 34% said that they have sometimes experienced seasonal allergy symptoms. And 39% said they have never suffered from seasonal allergies.

Allergy Effects

When asked how bothersome their allergies can be, 42% gave their allergies a 4 rating, on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the most bothersome). 13% gave their allergies a 5 rating. And just 2% of allergy sufferers said their allergies are not bad at all, giving them a rating of 1.

However, just 8% of allergy sufferers said that their allergies often keep them from going certain places or doing certain activities. 35% said that their allergies sometimes impact their plans. 42% said it’s rare that their allergies have any impact on their activities. And 15% said their allergies never impact their plans.

Allergy Treatments

Part of the reason that allergies might not impact many plans is the treatment options that are available. 74% of allergy sufferers said that they have taken medication for their allergy symptoms. 23% said they have tried natural treatments. And 10% said they have tried allergy shots. Just 11% of allergy sufferers said that they haven’t tried any treatments. In general, 19% of sufferers said they found the treatments they’ve used to be very effective, and 63% found them to be somewhat effective.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: I hate allergies from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on May 8 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.