Allergies, whether they are to food, drugs, the environment, or other triggers, have potentially adverse consequences for millions of people worldwide. Recent estimates conclude that between 30% to 40% of the global population suffers from one or more allergic conditions.
Allergy Fast Facts
- One in three Americans has some form of allergies.
- One in eight Americans has asthma.
- One in 12 American children under the age of 21 (8%) has doctor-diagnosed food allergy.
- It is estimated that one in 20 adults in America (5%) has food allergy.
- It is estimated that 17 million people in the United States, and 18 million people in Europe, Russia, and what we know in China have food allergies.
- Of the people with food allergy, approximately 25% will have a near-fatal anaphylactic reaction at some point in their lives.
- The rate of people with food allergies is doubling approximately every 10 years.
- Approximately $25 billion is spent in reactive food allergy care each year.
- There are an estimated 90,000 emergency room visits related to food allergies every year in the United States.
- Every two minutes there is a visit to the emergency room due to a food allergy-induced anaphylactic reaction.
- Adults with food allergies have a 65% chance of passing those allergies to their children.
- 90% of food allergies are caused by the following 8 allergenic foods: cow’s milk, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, egg
The Financial Impact
A national study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that caring for children with food allergies costs families in the U.S. an estimated $24.8 billion ($4,184 per year per child) each year. Direct medical costs – those expenses that consist of doctor’s visits, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations – account for an estimated $4.3 billion alone. In addition, having a child with food allergy increases the yearly cost of raising a child by about 30 percent.