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Well, this is a surprise.
In almost every single other infographic we’ve released, lifestyle changes have been at the top of the list of what works best, and drugs have been closer to the bottom. But the story is different for allergies, as you can see in the picture above.
At CureTogether, 260 people with Allergies have come together to share 1,769 data points about treatments they had tried and how well they worked or didn’t work.
So what are the winning treatments that patients have reported? From the infographic above:
avoiding allergens, Benadryl, sinus irrigation, Claritin, and Zyrtec
The top left quadrant shows treatments that not many people have tried but that have above-average effectiveness, so they may be options to talk to your doctor about (Prednisone, Xyzal, Cortaid).
Treatments in the lower-right quadrant are ones that lots of people have tried but that have below-average effectiveness, so presumably if fewer people tried these, they would be free to find more effective treatments elsewhere (homeopathy, calcium, acupuncture).
Where did this data come from? CureTogether members have been anonymously sharing symptoms and treatments for over 2 years now. We anonymized, analyzed, and visualized the data into infographic form to make it more accessible. To thank everyone for their contributions, we’re releasing this result back to the community for free.
This is the ninth in a series of infographics we’ll be publishing over the coming weeks. Stay tuned and please give your feedback or thoughts on this result in the comments below – or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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