Allergy Facts and Statistics

Allergic disease is the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S. among all ages, and the 3rd common chronic disease among children under 18 years old. AAAAI


Approximately 2.2 million school-aged children have food allergy. AAAAI

One in every 17 children under the age of 3 has food allergy. AAAAI

Approximately 12 million Americans suffer from food allergy, with 6.9 million allergic to seafood and 3.3 million allergic to peanuts or tree nuts. AAAAI


Eight foods account for 90% of all reactions in the U.S.: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. AAAAI

Food allergies cause 30,000 cases of anaphylaxis, 2,000 hospitalizations, and 150 deaths annually. NIAID

The costs associated with allergic disease are extraordinarily high: one analysis estimated it at $7.9 billion per year, of which $4.5 billion was spent on direct care and $3.4 billion on indirect costs, related primarily to lost work productivity. AAAAI

AAAAI-American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Immunology

NIAID-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases