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Allergy and Asthma Statistics

Statistics related to asthma and allergies

According to the latest information available from the American Lung Association, the CDC, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases:

Asthma

  • Approximately 25 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with asthma, with at least 7.1 million of them children under the age of 18.

  • Asthma is one of the leading serious, chronic illnesses among children in the U.S.

  • More than 3 thousand Americans die each year from asthma.

  • In 2008, asthma accounted for more than 14 million absences from school each year.

  • Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalizations for children under the age of 15.

Allergy

  • Allergies affect 40 to 50 million people in the U.S.

  • Pollen allergy (hay fever or allergic rhinitis) affects about 8 percent of adults in the U.S.

  • Allergies are one of the leading chronic diseases in the U.S.

  • Allergies, in general, affect 10 percent of children. 

  • Sinusitis, most often caused by allergies, affects 13 percent of Americans over age 18. 

  • Food allergies were reported in about 8% of children. 

Allergy and Asthma Statistics - WellSpan Health

Online Medical Reviewer: Bass, Pat F. III, MD, MPH
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
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