Allergy and Asthma Statistics
According to the latest information available from the American Lung Association, the CDC, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases:
- 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.
- 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.
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Last reviewed: 7/25/2013