At best, allergies cause trouble. At worse, they are life-threatening. Get the facts you need.
- About 50 million Americans have allergies; it’s the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States.
- Allergies tend to run in families. If you have allergies, your children may develop them, too.
- People with common nasal allergies to pollen, dust or mold made 16 million visits to the doctor in 2010.
- Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening reaction to certain foods, medicines or insect stings. In fact, food allergies send 200,000 people to the emergency room each year, and about 10,000 must stay in the hospital for treatment.
- Food allergies are rising. Among children, food allergies have increased 50 percent since 1997.