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Allergies and Hay Fever

Data are for the U.S.

Morbidity: Adults

  • Number with diagnosed hay fever in the past 12 months: 17.6 million
  • Percent with diagnosed hay fever in the past 12 months: 7.5%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, table 3, 4 [PDF - 1.3 MB]

Morbidity: Children

  • Number with reported hay fever in the past 12 months: 6.6 million
  • Percent with reported hay fever in the past 12 months: 9.0%
  • Number with reported respiratory allergies in the past 12 months: 7.8 million
  • Percent with reported respiratory allergies in the past 12 months: 10.6%
  • Number with reported food allergies in the past 12 months: 4.1 million
  • Percent with reported food allergies in the past 12 months: 5.6%
  • Number with reported skin allergies in the past 12 months: 8.8 million
  • Percent with reported skin allergies in the past 12 months: 12.0%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, table 2 [PDF - 697 KB]

Health Care Use: Ambulatory Care

  • Number of visits to physician offices with a primary diagnosis of allergic rhinitis: 11.1 million

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2010 Summary Tables, table 13 [PDF - 403 KB]

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