MORE than half of Britons suffer from allergies – with two in five of them saying their seasonal reactions have started earlier than usual this year.
The survey of 2,000 UK adults found that tree pollen, grass and dust mites are the most common components leading to flare-ups.
While more unusual causes of things like dry eyes and sneezing can be attributed to wearing jewelry, tattoos, and even wine.
Of those who suffer from seasonal allergies, the warmer months of May to August are hit hardest, and one in four (26 percent) of them often experience severe reactions.
It found that more than half (54 percent) of allergy sufferers have learned to live with their symptoms and haven’t looked into ways they can help keep them at bay.
But seven out of ten (71 percent) have even diagnosed an allergy themselves.
Anshu Kaura, a pharmacist at LloydsPharmacy who commissioned the research, said: “Our research has made it clear that allergic reactions are not only very common among Britons, but they are not mild and can often be really debilitating, which is what it is makes it incredibly difficult to go on with their everyday lives.
“That’s why it’s so important that allergy sufferers – particularly those that are seasonal – speak to a pharmacist or GP to find out exactly what’s causing them so they can get the best possible support to help manage the symptoms.” “
Research further found that itching, runny nose and watery eyes are the most serious and common effects of seasonal allergies.
What is worrying, however, is that nearly one in four (23 percent) of allergy sufferers say they can experience shortness of breath.
It also highlighted how allergies affect people’s lives – 20 per cent said their reactions to seasonal changes limit what they can confidently do in everyday life.
In fact, nearly two-thirds (63 percent) have actively avoided doing something because they are concerned about the effects of an allergy.
More than one in three (36 percent) have avoided going outside at certain times of the day — and 25 percent have shied away from picnics.
Allergies also impact romantic life, with some (13 percent) admitting turning down a date because they were aware of an outbreak of symptoms.
Three in five (61 per cent) Britons with seasonal allergies have consulted a professional about their problems because they were so bad.
Of these, almost half consulted their general practitioner (46 percent), 26 percent sought advice from a specialist and 20 percent visited a local pharmacist.
Still, more than a quarter (28 percent) said they find it difficult to know who to talk to about allergies.
And 33 percent say it’s difficult to find information about specific allergies, the study, conducted via OnePoll, found.
20 MOST COMMON ALLERGIES
1. Tree pollen
3. Dust mites
4. Insect bites
5. Animal dander (hair, skin)
6. Insect bites
12. Cleaning Chemicals
14. Cow’s milk
17. Pollinated fruits
18. Hair dye
https://www.the-sun.com/health/5499872/half-of-brits-experience-allergies/ More than half of Britons suffering from allergies and seasonal reactions started earlier this year, the study says