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Common Allergy Facts

  • Allergies affect 50-60 million Americans
  • More than 50 percent of homes in the Unites States have at least six detectable allergens

 Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis) and Sinusitis (Inflammation of the Sinuses)

  • Nearly 40 percent of children and up to 30 percent of adults suffer from hay fever
  • Allergy immunotherapy helps control symptoms among 85 percent of hay fever patients
  • Sinusitis affects 18 million people each year, resulting in 30 million courses of antibiotics
  • About 40,000 have sinus surgery to alleviate symptoms each year
  • Sinusitis attributes for 20 percent of visits to the MertoHealth Allergy & Immunology Clinic

Drug/Pharmaceutical Allergies

  • Up to 10 percent of all Adverse Drug Reactions are allergic/immunologic in nature
  • Anaphylactic reactions to penicillin cause 400 deaths each year

Atopic Dermatitis (A type of eczema, an inflammatory skin disorder)

  • Atopic dermatitis affects 10-20 percent of children and up to 3 percent of adults
  • More than 25 percent of atopic dermatitis sufferers also have a food allergy

Miscellaneous Allergies

  • Insect allergies lead to about 40 deaths in the United States each year
  • At some point in their lives, up to 24 percent of Americans get hives (outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps on the skin) or angioedema (swelling and redness beneath the skin)
  • Natural Rubber Latex (NRL) allergy affects 5-15 percent of health care workers

Source: Kumar Swamy, MD, of the MetroHealth Allergy & Immunology Clinic, 2010.

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