Allergy Statistics

  • Approximately 55% of all US citizens test positive to one or more allergens.
  • An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies (1 in 5 Americans) including indoor/outdoor, food, drug, latext, insect, skin & eye allergies.
  • Allergy prevalence overall has been increasing since the early 1980s across all age, sex, and racial groups.
  • Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the US.
  • Allergies are the most frequently reported chronic condition in children, limiting activities for more than 40% of them.
  • Each year, allergies account for more than 17 million outpatient office visits, primarily in the spring and fall; seasonal allergies account for more than half of all allergy visits.
  • The annual cost of allergies is estimated to be nearly $7 billion.
  • 4 million workdays are lost each year as a result of hay fever.
  • In the past year, 18.4 million adults and 6.7 million children were diagnosed with hay fever.
  • Allergies are a major cause of work absenteeism resulting in nearly 4 million missed or lost workdays per year, resulting in a total cost of more than $700 million in total lost productivity.
  • Pollen allergy (hay fever or allergic rhinitis) affects nearly 8.6% of adults in the US, not including those with asthma.
  • Chronic sinusitis, most often caused by allergies, affects nearly 29.5 million people in the US.
  • Allergic rhinitis affects between 10% and 30% of adults and as many as 40% of children.
  • Sinusitis accounts for approximately 20% of office visits to specialists in allergy and immunology.
  • Approximately 12% of Americans under the age of 45 have symptoms of chronic sinusitis.
  • 7.1 million children (9.6% of all children) reported to having hay fever in the past 12 months.
  • Approximately 40 million Americans have indoor/outdoor allergies as their primary allergy.
  • Approximately 10 million people are allergic to cat dander, the most common pet allergy.
  • The most common indoor/outdoor allergy triggers are: tree, grass and weed pollen, mold spores, dust mites, cockroaches, cat, dog and rodent dander.
  • About 27% of children who have a food allergy also have eczema or a skin allergy.
  • As many as 15% - 24% of people in the US will experience acute urticaria (hives) at some point in their lives.
  • Approximately 7% of allergy sufferers have skin allergies as their primary allergy.
  • Skin allergies alone account for more than 7 million outpatient visits per year.
  • Kids with a food allergy are 2 to 4 times more likely to have a condition such as asthma and other allergies.
  • Food allergies occur in approximately 6% - 8% of children under the age of 4 and approximately 4% of adults.
  • 8 foods types account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions: milk, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish.
  • Approximately 4% of allergy sufferers have insect allergies as their primary allergy.