Over half of Brits admit they secretly have no sympathy for friends or colleagues who suffer from allergies, according to new research

New research has revealed we’re an intolerant nation when it comes to seasonal sneezing and wheezing, with a heartless 59 percent of Brits admitting they secretly have very little sympathy for people with hay fever.

The research also reveals that a whopping 46 percent struggle to feel sorry for their own partner when they are suffering thanks to their hay fever – with ten percent admitting they sometimes feel really annoyed by the sneezing and sniffing.

And over half (51 percent) say they sometimes get irritated by those who often seem to suffer from allergies and colds.

What’s more, three in ten (31 percent) worry about picking up other people’s germs, even if they insist they’re sneezing or coughing due to hay fever.

The research was commissioned by LG Electronics, whose range of allergy-reducing home appliances – including the LG Turbowash™360 F4V910BTSE Washing Machine and LG Styler – guarantee to eliminate 99.9% of allergens and bacteria that cling onto clothes.

While 27 percent confess they sometimes wish social distancing was still in place, as it’s the perfect excuse to get people who are suffering to keep away from them.

As for the office, 56 percent claim they sometimes feel anxious when colleagues come into work who are coughing and sniffling because of pollen.

In fact, nearly a fifth (17 percent) secretly think they should stay at home instead – with 27 percent admitting to have pressured a hay fever suffering colleague to go home early because their sniffles were irritating them so much.

So, it’s little wonder perhaps, that 23 percent of the allergy sufferers polled said they have been made to feel like a virtual “outcast” by work colleagues and even their own boss, because of their symptoms.

And while a fifth say they sometimes want to isolate themselves because their symptoms are so bad, 12 percent believe that thanks to suffering from allergy related coughs and sneezes, they’ve been overlooked at work for a promotion – with non-sufferers being favoured over them instead.

Further findings include 22 percent saying their hay fever means they have to miss out on parties and barbeques during the summer months, with 16 percent also unable to visit loved ones.

11 percent claimed their allergies often ruin their social life, with 11 percent admitting their romantic relationship has suffered too.

David Palmer, Senior Product Specialist at LG Electronicssaid“We are committed to ongoing innovations that support people to live a smart good life and this includes products with our allergy programmes and sanitisation features. These include our Turbowash™360 F4V910BTSE Washing Machine range, which has been awarded the British Allergy Foundation Seal of Approval, that features allergy care programmes that sanitise clothes with pure water, using Steam™ technology, or the ability to add sanitising steam to 6 additional cycles. Additionally, LG’s Styler Steam Clothing Care System®, also removes allergen and germs via its TrueSteam technology.

Professor Adam Fox, Paediatric Allergist at a leading London teaching hospital and spokesperson for LG Electronics said: “Hay fever can have a very real impact on quality of life, affecting our sleep and ability to concentrate, which in turn impacts productivity at work and school performance – particularly unhelpful when most exams are in the middle of the pollen season.

“Unfortunately, pollen is very good at getting on our clothes and in our hair so just staying inside won’t always be effective. Washing clothes regularly, avoiding drying them outside, and washing your hair before bedtime, to avoid getting pollen on your pillow, can all be part of the solution.” 

The rise in pollen count elongating this hay fever season1, paired with a newly announced shortage of allergy medication2, could mean it’s one of the toughest years yet for sufferers. LG’s home appliances range includes products that feature Steam™ and TrueSteam technology, which helps deep clean and sanitise clothing, as well as specific wash cycles and settings for allergy care. 

The study also found that a whopping 71 percent of allergy sufferers say they think people have become more anxious about others coughing and sneezing in public due to the pandemic.

In fact, 54 percent have experienced someone scowling or moving away from them when they’ve been coughing or sneezing in public due to their hay fever.

And when it comes to managing their symptoms, 49 percent like to shower more frequently, while 37 percent wash their clothes as soon as they get home to remove pollen or dust.

14 percent spray their clothes with a disinfectant spray every day, while 13 percent even resort to washing their clothes TWICE A DAY.

To find out more about LG’s full range of allergy-reducing home appliances, please visit:

Related Articles