Table 2

Perceived causes of cases of throat discomfort ever suffered across (proportion of patients, %)
UK France Poland Malaysia Overall*
Common cold/influenza 76 58 84 69 72
Other bacteria/virus 53 31 53 45 46
Talking/shouting 35 21 33 28 30
Hot and dry indoor conditions 33 24 37 42 34
Dust and outdoor conditions 26 35 24 52 34
Hay fever 25 19 14 10 17
Air conditioning 23 45 23 32 31
Excess alcohol 22 10 11 3 12
Smoking 21 30 23 17 23
Passive smoking 21 19 11 21 18
Airborne pollution 19 32 19 41 28
Sudden change in temperature 16 58 51 45 43
Snoring 16 12 8 7 11
Specific allergy 6 11 9 13 10
Other 4 3 3 0 3

*‘Overall’ represents a pooled analysis of mean data from all four countries assessed. Respondents were allowed to select several causes.

Data are from the four markets assessed in the past 12 months.

Addey and Shephard

Addey and Shephard BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders 2012 12:9   doi:10.1186/1472-6815-12-9

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