Allergy Facts & Statistics
Pollen allergy (hay fever) reduces quality of life and affects physical, psychological and social functioning. Signs and symptoms present in some patients during pollen season include fatigue, irritability, anxiety, depression, frustration, self-consciousness as well as lower energy, motivation, alertness, and ability to concentrate.
Nasal congestion is often associated with sleep-disturbance, which results in intermittent awakening, leading to daytime fatigue and somnolence, and decreased cognitive functioning. These are accompanied by disorders of learning performance, behavior and attention in children.
Adults suffer from work absences and reduced productivity.
- Allergies, such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever), allergies to dog and cat dander or fur, and eczema, are common for all age groups in the United States
- Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.
- Allergic rhinitis, often called hay fever, is a common condition that causes symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, watery eyes and itching of the nose, eyes or the roof of the mouth.
- Allergic rhinitis can be seasonal or perennial (all year long).
- Symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis occur in spring, summer and/or early fall. They are usually caused by allergic sensitivity to pollens from trees, grasses or weeds, or to airborne mold spores.
- People with perennial allergic rhinitis experience symptoms year-round.
- In data published from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), 8.4% of US children under age 18 suffered from hay fever, 10% from respiratory allergies, and 11.6% from skin allergies.
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