Around the globe, allergies are the leading triggers of asthma – except in the UK, where the leading trigger is weather or temperature. For World Asthma Day on May 3 2016, Kantar Health investigates the asthma triggers and suffering seasons of 10 countries through their National Health and Wellness Survey.
In the UK, after weather or temperature (45%), common asthma triggers are allergies (43%) and illness (43%). Although illness is the third common UK trigger, Brits take the global lead in illness induced asthma: UK (43%), Japan (37%), and Germany (34%).
While springtime is the season most global asthma patients are affected – the UK continues to be an outlier as Brits are most affected in the winter: UK (80%), Japan (96%), Brazil (68%).
39% of Brits suffer from asthma induced by exercise or physical activity, with 33% of triggers resulting from pollutants or airborne irritants. 29% of Brits suffer from triggers dealing with stress, anxiety, or emotional states.
Kathy Annunziata, vice president at Kantar Health comments “Asthma is a serious health and economic concern around the world … People with asthma can control their symptoms by avoiding triggers and by receiving appropriate medical care.”
Source : Kantar, Kantar Health