Table of Contents
Journal of Allergy
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 710926, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/710926
Research Article

The Psychosocial Impact of Self-Reported Morning Allergy Symptoms: Findings from an Australian Internet-Based Survey

1RMIT School of Health Sciences, Melbourne, VIC 3083, Australia
2Happiness Institute, Suites 101/102, 74 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
3Faculty of Pharmacy, Building A15, The University of Sydney, Sydney NSW 2006, Australia
4Schering-Plough Pty Limited, Level 4, 66 Waterloo Road, North Ryde NSW 2113, Australia

Received 23 December 2009; Revised 1 April 2010; Accepted 5 April 2010

Academic Editor: William E. Berger

Copyright © 2010 Timothy J. Sharp and Celina Seeto. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. Allergies can substantially impact health-related quality of life (HRQL). We investigated the psychosocial impact of morning symptoms amongst Australian adults with self-reported allergic rhinitis (AR). Method. An online survey comprising 24 questions was conducted in August 2008. Inclusion criteria were age (20–49 years) and self-reported moderate to severe symptoms of AR. Results. One thousand sixty respondents met the inclusion criteria. Amongst consumers with self-reported AR, symptoms were more severe in the morning in 597 (56%) and affected mood in 1025 (97%). Nine hundred seventy (91%) indicated that their symptoms had some impact on their day ahead and 868 (82%) reported a negative impact on relationships. Morning symptoms in particular had a substantial affect on mood for the day. HRQL impact was more pronounced in those who reported severe symptoms and in females. Discussion. Encouraging consumers with self-diagnosed AR to seek formal diagnosis and offering appropriate treatment strategies, such as those offering sustained effectiveness over 24-hours, may aid in negating the negative impact of morning symptoms.