Allergy Survey — What Have We Learned?

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Allergy Survey — What Have We Learned?

We asked NKCF Update readers to participate in a short survey about KC and allergies. Thank you to the 195 people took part. Here are some of the results:

Main Allergies

  • 85% of 195 participants of this survey reported they suffered from allergies

  • 30% of adults in general public report to have allergic symptoms

  • 86% (n=158) in this survey reported an allergy to grass, weeds and pollen

  • 67% (n=123) reported allergies to dust mites and mold

Individuals who were diagnosed with KC later (over the age of 35) reported more allergies and allergic symptoms than those who were diagnosed before the age of 20.

Eye Rubbing

  • 65% of those with allergies admitted they rubbed their eyes daily or several times a week

  • rub their eyes less

  • Men are more likely to report rubbing their eyes several times daily.

  • Women are more likely to report they sometimes or hardly ever rub their eyes. Individuals who were diagnosed over the age of 35 were the least likely to rub their eyes.

Conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis is not the most common complaint in this survey. 

  • 57% (n=119) of responders reported teary, painful red eyes

  • 80% (n=156) complained of allergic rhinitis – sneezy, runny and itchy nose

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