Friday, 11 October 2013

Results of Allergy Survey - What Patients Say Works For Allergies


Source: 23andMe Research
This is excellent information on effectiveness of 75 different allergy treatments based on survey by more than 9,000 allergy patients. This is based on a four years study on allergies, put together by CureTogether — a free resource owned by 23andMe that allows people to share information about their health and treatments.

From the infographic above:
The top right quadrant shows both popular and effective treatments. Avoiding allergens is definitely the most logical (& effective) thing to do! Antihistamines, Zyrtec, Sudafed, Benadryl and Claritin also rank pretty high on the list of both effectiveness and popularity.

Those in the the top left quadrant shows treatments that not many people have tried but that have above-average effectiveness: Epipen, Prednisone, Xyzal and Cetrizine. The former two are for very severe allergy cases which explains why not many people have tried it. Xyzal is a relatively new drug that requires doctor's prescription and I think in some countries its the same for Cetrizine as well, so they are not commonly available unlike OTC allergy drugs like Zyrtec.

Effective but not so mainstream treatments like gluten-free diet and non-dairy diet (not shown here but its located near gluten-free diet. Click here to see hover over each dot to see what they represent) are worth exploring for those seeking alternative healing for allergies as they rank quite high on effectiveness.

The survey is still ongoing and the results will be updated live on this chart on their website. So its dynamic. The more people participating, the more representative the results will be. I encourage you to take this survey when you have some time as this would be useful for the allergy community. I also want to thank the folks over at 23andMe for sharing this information freely and openly.