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World Allergy Organization Journal

, Volume 4, Issue 11, pp 170–178

First Online: 18 November 2011

Abstract

BackgroundAllergy is associated with considerable morbidity.

ObjectiveThe aim of this multicenter study was to provide insight into allergy knowledge and perceptions among the population.

MethodsDuring the World Allergy Day, several allergy clinics conducted public meetings to encourage the awareness of and education in allergy. At the beginning, participants filled out a questionnaire to assess their knowledge about what is allergy and to determine by whom those symptoms are cared.

ResultsA total of 256 participants 187 women-69 men, mean age, 31.2 ± 12.5 years completed the survey. Of the 202 participants with symptoms, 58.9% had physician-diagnosed allergic disease. Among the 19 symptoms evaluated, 56.5% of the symptoms were recognized as related with allergy, and this increased in compliance with education level r = +0.427; P < 0.001 but not with diagnosed allergy P = 0.34. Sneezing was the most common symptom thought to be related with allergy-related symptom 77.5%, whereas loss of smell was the least one 37.9%. Participants were more likely to be cared by an allergologist 72.9% followed by other specialties, when experiencing allergy.

ConclusionsIncreasing the awareness for allergic symptoms is the key not only for the diagnosis but also for the optimal treatment. Therefore, education is an important component of prevention and control of allergic diseases.

Keywordsallergy asthma awareness diagnosis symptom treatment Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1097-WOX.0b013e31823842bc contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: A Fusun Kalpaklioglu - Ilkay Koca Kalkan - Ahmet Akcay - Ismail Reisli - Demet Can - Nevin Uzuner - Hasan Yuksel - Cengiz

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