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New Survey Suggests Cultural Ambivalence to Allergies Leaves Many Suffering Needlessly
Date:3/20/2008

esults when the immune system comes in contact with an allergen, such as dust mites, animal dander or pollen, and mistakenly identifies it as an intruder.(7) An allergic reaction results, involving the body's release of various inflammatory mediators, such as histamine and leukotrienes, as a defense against the allergens, causing allergy symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, and itching of the palate, eyes and nose.(8)

About the Attitudes About Allergies Steering Committee

Guidance to the development of the survey was provided by the Attitudes About Allergies Steering Committee including Belinda Borelli, PhD, associate professor, department of psychiatry and human behavior, Brown Medical School and The Miriam Hospital; Jennifer Derebery, M.D., clinical professor of otolaryngology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; David Lang, M.D., Section Head Allergy/Immunology Respiratory Institute at Cleveland Clinic; and Mike Tringale, director of external affairs, Allergy & Asthma Foundation of America.

About the Attitudes About Allergies: Omnibus Survey

This survey was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Schering- Plough/MERCK Pharmaceuticals and is based on telephone interviews conducted January 10 - 20, 2008 with 1,007 adults 18 years or older throughout the United States including 551 with indoor or outdoor allergies and 454 without indoor or outdoor allergies. Two adults reported they did not know if they had either indoor or outdoor allergies and were excluded from the results. All telephone interviewing was conducted using random digit dialing (RDD) methodology. The data are weighted to be representative of U.S. adults 18 years of age or older. The sampling error for this survey is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

About the Attitudes About Allergies: Allergy Sufferer Survey

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