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How Much Do Irish Moms Really Know About Hayfever?

How Much Do Irish Moms Really Know About Hayfever?

At this time of year, hayfever is rampant amongst sufferers. 
However, it is quite common for people to suffer with hayfever and never realise! And I have to include myself on this list. Up until very recently, I thought my regular sneezing, congestion and watery eyes were just unfortunate signs of the common head cold which I seemed to have suffered with regularly for the majority of my life. But a visit to my GP told me different!

So with that in mind, we here at eumom, along with our friends from Sterimar, decided to survey our eumom members to see just how much they know about hayfever. With over 2,000 responses, we were delighted to see that nearly all of our lovely members know what hayfever is (94%).

Our moms correctly identified the most commonly known symptom as watery, itchy and red eyes (67%), followed closely by a runny nose and nasal congestion (63%) and sneezing (61%). Just under half correctly identified that these symptoms listed are symptoms of hayfever:
  • Runny nose & nasal congestion
  • Watery, itchy, red eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
  • Swollen blue coloured skin under the eyes
  • Postnatal drip
  • Fatigue

For moms who didn’t initially know what the symptoms of hayfever were (6%) they correctly identified the most obvious symptoms including runny nose and nasal congestion (57%); watery, itchy and red eyes (57%) and sneezing (43%).

But do Irish moms know the difference between a head cold and hayfever?

Yes, they do! Overall, the results show that moms are very knowledgeable and can easily spot the difference between the signs of hayfever and those of a cold (77%).

Most moms were able to quickly spot that a low-grade fever (74%), body aches or mild headaches (75%) and a cough (43%) were signs that their child had a cold but not hayfever.

These results show that our moms know what they are talking about!

Do many Irish households suffer with hayfever?

Over half of respondents said that someone in their household did suffer from hayfever (56%). And the sufferers ranged from mild to moderate on the severity scale of symptoms.

When are people most affected?

Summer is when most people suffer from hayfever (65%) which is when the pollen count is at its highest (from March to October). Just under a quarter of suffers experience hayfever during spring (22%) which is the start of when the tree pollen begins (late March to mid-May).

Good old over the counter medications seem to be the go-to solution to relieve hayfever symptoms (90%) as well as keeping the windows and doors shut (29%). A quarter of moms regularly clean the sheets to remove dust particles to help relieve hayfever symptoms (25%). 42% of moms told us that they are aware of the great benefits of using Sea Water sprays to treat nasal congestion and rhinitis. So there you have it! Irish mammies know their stuff when it comes to hayfever! What other tips and tricks do you have for managing hayfever symptoms? 
This article has been sponsored by Sterimar.

About the Author

Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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