Allergy (Allergies)

What is an allergy? (Continued)

Allergy prevalance:

  • Approximately 10% to 30% of individuals in the industrialized world are affected by allergic conditions, and this number is increasing.
  • Allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies) affects roughly 20% of Americans. Between prescription costs, physician visits, and missed days of work/school, the economic burden of allergic disease exceeds $3 billion annually.
  • Asthma affects roughly 8% to 10% of Americans. The estimated health costs for asthma exceed approximately $20 billion annually.
  • The prevalence of allergic conditions has increased significantly over the last two decades and continues to rise.
Reviewed on 11/26/2013