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Allergy and Asthma Statistics

Statistics Related to Asthma and Allergies

From the American Lung Association, the Centers for Disease Control and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology


  • 7.7 percent of people of all ages in the United States have asthma. That is about 25 million people — 6.3 million of which are children.

  • Asthma is one of the leading serious, chronic illnesses among children in the United States.

  • More than 3,600 Americans die each year from asthma.

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

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


  • Allergies affect more than 50 million people in the United States.

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

  • Allergies are the sixth leading chronic illness in the United States.

  • Respiratory allergies affect 10 perfect of children under the age of 18.

  • Sinusitis, most often caused by allergies, affects 11 percent of Americans over age 18.

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