Allergies affect sufferers’ moods and feelings

March 21st, 2008 - 12:36 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, March 21 (IANS) Allergies that cause bouts of sneezing, sniffling and watery eyes leave deep emotional scars on a sufferer’s mood and self-perception. ‘Attitudes About Allergies’, a new study, has been based on a phone survey of a thousand each of allergy sufferers and non-sufferers, and 300 physicians.

Some 62 percent allergy sufferers say it affects their mood; 51 percent feel annoyed, 48 percent feel irritable, and 42 percent feel frustrated. Some 22 percent say their allergies make them feel less attractive and 19 percent feel self-conscious.

But the survey found that people view diabetes (81 percent), hypertension or high blood pressure (76 percent) and arthritis (57 percent) as more serious than indoor and outdoor allergies.

Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they view insomnia as more serious than indoor and outdoor allergies.

Almost half (48 percent) of allergy sufferers feel their spouse or significant other do not view their allergies to be a serious health condition and that relatives (81 percent), friends (86 percent) and co-workers (78 percent) view their allergies as somewhat serious or not serious.

While the survey found that 78 percent feel sorry for people who have allergies, many believe that allergy sufferers overstate the severity of their symptoms (36 percent) and use them as an excuse to get out of something (30 percent).

But a majority of physicians (84 percent) said in general, patients do not overstate allergy symptoms.

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