NEW YORK, May 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the last few years, allergy sufferers have had a tough go of it. From many confusing their allergies with potential covid-19 symptoms and others experiencing worse allergies than normal this past year, things only seem to be getting more complicated.
A recent survey by ValuePenguin noted that not only do 68% of Americans or someone they know suffer from allergies, but many will spend $16,000 on managing those seasonal allergies over a lifetime.
- Seasonal allergies are common. 68% of Americans say they, or someone in their household, suffer from seasonal allergies — including 49% who have seasonal allergies themselves.
- Nearly half with seasonal allergies confused their symptoms during the coronavirus pandemic. The reason 47% stated this could be due in part to worsening symptoms, as more than a third (36%) say their seasonal allergies have been worse than normal.
- Seasonal allergies cost consumers $266 a year, on average, or more than $16,000 over a lifetime. Gen Zers ($390) and millennials ($353) with seasonal allergies spend the most, on average, while baby boomers ($143) spend the least.
- Health insurance doesn't always cover allergy treatments, but health savings accounts (HSAs) can help. Of those with seasonal allergies, 36% say their insurance hasn't always covered allergy-related expenses. However, 44% of consumers didn't know allergy medicine is an eligible expense for HSAs.
- Consumers want action on reducing air pollution, especially those with seasonal allergies. 61% of those with seasonal allergies would definitely support legislation, compared with 52% who don't have allergies.
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