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Surprising Allergy Statistics!

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Here we have compiled some interesting allergy statistics related to hay fever and seasonal allergies. Indoor allergies such as dust, dust mites, and dog and cat dander are including within many of these numbers. However, these statistics do not include allergies to foods, insect stings, medications, or latex.


  • Over 50 million Americans suffer from indoor and outdoor allergies.
  • Allergies rank # 5 on the list of leading chronic diseases.
  • There are no cures for allergies, but they can be managed with proper prevention and treatment.
  • Allergies have a genetic component. A child with an allergic parent has a 1 in 3 chance of developing allergies in their lifetime. This increases to 7 in 10 chance if both parents have allergies.

Lifestyle Impacts on Allergies

  • People spend an average of 90% of their lives indoors.
  • On average, indoor air is 5 times more polluted than air outdoors.
  • Indoor air pollution can be up to 100 times more polluted that air outdoors.

Economic Costs

  • Allergies are estimated cost Americans and business over $8 Billion annually.
  • In 2005, more than $5.6 billion was spent on prescription medications to treat hay fever.
  • In 2006, 18.4 million adults and 6.7 million children are diagnosed with hay fever.
  • In 2006, there were more than 12 million physician office visits as a result of seasonal and indoor allergies


  • Immunotherapy helps to reduce hay fever symptoms in about 85% of sufferers.
  • Natural remedies are also a great way to provide relief for your symptoms at a low cost. Please see this site about Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies.