TABLE 1

The prevalence of self-reported physician-diagnosed asthma and self-reported hay fever or other allergic rhinitis and allergic eye symptoms in the past 12 months prior to the survey among Finnish men and women aged 25–64 years by age group

Year
1997200220072012
Men aged 25–44 years155117731256999
 Physician-diagnosed asthma5.2 (4.1–6.3)6.4 (5.2–7.5)7.6 (6.1–9.0)10.5 (8.6–12.4)
 Hay fever/allergic rhinitis29.2 (26.9–31.5)28.7 (26.6–30.8)32.3 (29.7–34.9)34.9 (31.9–37.8)
 Allergic eye symptoms20.2 (18.2–22.2)22.8 (20.9–24.8)24.0 (21.6–26.4)27.9 (25.1–30.7)
Men aged 45–64 years1844214215911277
 Physician-diagnosed asthma6.9 (5.7–8.0)7.3 (6.2–8.4)6.4 (5.2–7.6)8.7 (7.1–10.2)
 Hay fever/allergic rhinitis23.4 (21.4–25.3)23.4 (21.6–25.2)23.8 (21.7–26.0)23.0 (20.7–25.3)
 Allergic eye symptoms16.6 (14.9–18.3)17.1 (15.5–18.7)17.7 (15.8–19.6)16.1 (14.1–18.1)
Women aged 25–44 years1804222315571422
 Physician-diagnosed asthma5.4 (4.4–6.5)8.0 (6.9–9.1)10.3 (8.8–11.8)10.4 (8.7–12.1)
 Hay fever/allergic rhinitis33.7 (31.5–35.9)36.5 (34.5–38.5)39.8 (37.4–42.2)38.5 (35.8–41.2)
 Allergic eye symptoms26.1 (24.1–28.2)29.7 (27.8–31.6)33.8 (31.4–36.1)29.6 (27.1–32.2)
Women aged 45–64 years1959233017891422
 Physician-diagnosed asthma9.9 (8.6–11.3)10.3 (6.3–11.6)9.3 (7.9–10.6)11.2 (9.5–12.8)
 Hay fever/allergic rhinitis31.4 (29.3–33.5)32.2 (30.2–34.0)33.2 (31.0–35.4)33.8 (31.3–36.3)
 Allergic eye symptoms25.8 (23.8–27.7)24.6 (22.9–26.4)27.1 (24.9–29.2)27.0 (24.7–29.4)
  • Data are presented as n or % (95% CI).