National survey reveals Canadians with nasal congestion hit hardest in the
bedroom and at work
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - A new survey reveals nearly two-thirds
of Canadians surveyed (59 per cent) are experiencing nasal congestion
attributed to a cold or the flu, and nasal congestion is also impacting their
quality of sleep and contributing to absenteeism in the workplace. Fifteen per
cent of Canadians surveyed report missing work due to the impact of night time
nasal congestion on their sleep. The survey, commissioned in December 2012 by
Breathe Right Nasal Strips®, provides some additional insight into the
physical toll of coping with nasal congestion as reports of rising flu rates
make headlines across the country. According to the national survey, the most
congested cities in Canada are:
-- Toronto - 78 per cent of residents reporting nasal congestion
-- Calgary - 78 per cent of residents reporting nasal congestion
-- Vancouver - 76 per cent of residents reporting nasal congestion
-- Ottawa - 73 per cent of residents reporting nasal congestion
-- Montreal - 68 per cent of residents reporting nasal congestion
Nationally, 59 per cent of survey respondents reported night time nasal
congestion has a strong or moderate impact on their quality of sleep, 62 per
cent report sometimes or always waking up due to nasal congestion.
"From coast to coast, Canadians are struggling to cope with one of the worst
cold and flu seasons in recent memory. The Breathe Right survey provides
some insight into where it's hitting Canadians the hardest," said Bryce Wylde,
alternative health expert. "No matter where we live, we're not sheltered from
catching a cold or the flu. With cases of the flu rising, we need to be more
diligent with prevention strategies and, if we do get sick, know how to
navigate the pharmacy aisles to find the right tools to get some much-needed
To cope with nasal congestion, 77 per cent of Canadians surveyed are turning
to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines such as decongestants (56 per cent), or
antihistamines (41 per cent). The next most commonly selected products are
other remedies, excluding OTC and prescription medications, and are used by 57
per cent of Canadians surveyed. The most popular choices are saline solutions
(32 per cent), humidifiers (26 per cent), and nasal strips (14 per cent).
Roughly one-third (31 per cent) of Canadians surveyed use prescription
medications to treat congestion.
What's more, 37 per cent of Canadians are using OTC medicines in combination
with at least one other OTC medicine, prescription medication, or other
non-medicinal remedy during the night time. Wylde cautions anyone using any
OTC, prescription or other product, or considering using a combination of
treatments, to consult with their pharmacist or other health care professional
"With so many potential remedies available, it is important to know what works
for your particular symptoms and what is appropriate to use in combination,"
says Wylde. "Perhaps the most important aspect of recovery is getting lots of
rest and especially a good night's sleep. I recommend Breathe Right Nasal
Strips because they are drug-free, can be used with any other remedy or
treatment, and are designed to improve airflow in the nasal passages."
Breathe Right Nasal Strips are clinically proven to lift nasal passages and
open your nose, relieving nasal congestion and improving air flow. The strips
consist of flexible, "spring-like" bands placed across the nose. They gently
lift the sides of the nose and open the nasal passages, providing immediate
and continual relief.
Methodology From December 19 to 21th, 2012, an online survey was conducted
among 3,007 randomly selected Canadian adults who are also Angus Reid Forum
panel members. The results have been statistically weighted according to age,
gender, region and education (and language in Quebec) to ensure a
representative sample.The margin of error—which measures sampling
variability—is +/- 1.8%, 19 times out of 20. Discrepancies in or between
totals are due to rounding.
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare is one of the world's largest
over-the-counter consumer healthcare products companies. Its well-known brands
include the leading oral healthcare products, Sensodyne(®), ProNamel(® )and
Aquafresh(®), denture care products Polident(® )and PoliGrip(®), Spectro(®
)skincare products as well as many medicine cabinet staples -- Abreva(®),(
)Breathe Right(®), and TUMS(® )-- which are trademarks owned by and/or
licensed to GlaxoSmithKline Group of Companies.
GlaxoSmithKline - one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and
healthcare companies - is committed to improving the quality of human life by
enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further
information please visit www.gsk.com.
GSK Consumer Healthcare Rachel Jaikaran (905) 814-3695 Argyle Communications
Kerry Collings (416) 968-7311 ext. 253 Yasna Criscione (416) 968-7311 ext.
SOURCE: GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
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