We're all familiar with the most common allergy symptoms - runny noses, itchy, watery eyes, and constant sneezing. Now, according to new research, another item can be added to the list: FOMO.
A new study of 2,000 Americans - that were both allergy sufferers and non-allergy sufferers - examined the biggest inhibitors of spring fun and saw allergy symptoms as the top buzzkill. In fact, nearly half of the respondents (46 percent) claimed that they do not get excited about spring due to the onslaught of allergy symptoms.
The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of FLONASE, reveals that people's allergy symptoms are causing them to miss out on life's enjoyments, with two in three sufferers saying their symptoms hold them back from doing activities they love.
Surprisingly, 64 percent of allergy sufferers shared that they have avoided going outside altogether on a bad allergy day and more than half (52 percent) report that their allergies negatively affect their fitness routines. Overall, the average allergy sufferer misses out on five personal events a year due to their symptoms and one in five sufferers say their FOMO gets worse in the warmer weather months.
But fun isn't the only thing being affected by seasonal allergies - it's getting in the way of work, too. Almost all (98 percent) reported that allergies make them less productive at work and the average seasonal allergy sufferer misses out on about five work-related events a year due to their symptoms.
"When the weather starts warming up, people naturally gravitate towards spending time outside, but unfortunately for allergy sufferers who are not using relief options like FLONASE - a nasal spray able to treat runny nose, watery and itchy eyes and nasal congestion - this is often when they experience peak symptoms," said Kristen Casavale, Associate Brand Manager of FLONASE. "To avoid exacerbating their symptoms, sufferers often choose to avoid being outdoors, forcing them to miss out on spending time with friends and family."
Seasonal allergy sufferers are tired of missing out on doing what they love because of uncomfortable symptoms. Unsurprisingly, 85 percent said they want to control their symptoms so they don't miss out on things, but the lengths some would be willing to go are extreme - like giving up their preferred streaming service, chocolate, and even the last season of their favorite show to be symptom-free all year.
But there is a solution - 84 percent of sufferers said their allergies can be controlled by medications and other treatments, and 86 percent feel a noticeable difference in their quality of life when their symptoms are under control.
"Allergies can feel debilitating, but if managed correctly they should not keep sufferers from missing out on doing the things they love. A nasal spray such as FLONASE, can be used daily to provide relief from uncomfortable symptoms that allergy sufferers often experience," said Casavale.