Is Hay Fever Hurting Your Social Life?More than 1000 hay fever sufferers across Australia have recently taken part in a survey commissioned by leading pharmacists, Amcal, to reveal that a staggering 90 percent believe hay fever negatively impacts on their social life.
As warmer weather slowly descends across the country, most of us have an extra Spring in our step and a new-found enthusiasm for hitting the parks, pubs and clubs - but for many hay fever sufferers this is the last thing they feel like doing, with 30 percent of women saying their allergies leave them feeling unattractive and 35 percent of men saying they'd prefer to stay at home when suffering from hay fever.
Over two thirds (67%) of respondents also say they feel irritated and half (48%) feel frustrated during bouts of the seasonal malady.
Amcal pharmacist, Andrew Robinson, says he was surprised about how many people felt they could not adequately deal with their symptoms so that they could have an active social life.
"Despite common misconceptions, hay fever is completely manageable; it just comes down to sufferers knowing how to control their symptoms or knowing where to go for the right advice, such as speaking to Amcal about medication options," Andrew continues.
"Often people are not taking the correct medications for combating hay fever symptoms. If you are planning a big night out it is important to choose a non-drowsy formula that works to clear up your symptoms fast," Andrew advised.
The survey found that a casualty of the high pollen count during this time of year is very often your social life when hay fever makes you decide to swap your little black dress for a night in front of the television.
Amcal pharmacies offer expert advice on how to manage hay fever and are equipped with the best medicines for fighting symptoms.
How hay fever affects a sufferer's night out:
Hay fever makes me feel lethargic: 39%
I feel low in energy when I have hay fever: 41%
I feel drowsy when I have hay fever: 31%
I feel depressed when I have hay fever: 12%
I get less sleep when I have hay fever: 46%
My patience levels are down when I have hay fever: 64%
I constantly feel tired: 44%
For expert hay fever advice locate your nearest Amcal Pharmacy.