Allergies and Hay Fever

Data are for the U.S.

Morbidity: Adults aged 18 and over
  • Number with diagnosed hay fever in the past 12 months: 19.2 million
  • Percent with diagnosed hay fever in the past 12 months: 7.7%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2018, Tables A-2b, A-2c pdf icon[PDF – 166 KB]

Morbidity: Children under age 18 years
  • Number with reported hay fever in the past 12 months: 5.2 million
  • Percent with reported hay fever in the past 12 months: 7.2%
  • Number with reported respiratory allergies in the past 12 months: 7.1 million
  • Percent with reported respiratory allergies in the past 12 months: 9.6%
  • Number with reported food allergies in the past 12 months: 4.8 million
  • Percent with reported food allergies in the past 12 months: 6.5%
  • Number with reported skin allergies in the past 12 months: 9.2 million
  • Percent with reported skin allergies in the past 12 months: 12.6%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2018, Tables C-2b, C-2c pdf icon[PDF – 244 KB]

Physician office visits
  • Number of physician office visits with allergic rhinitis as the primary diagnosis: 12.0 million
  • Number of physician office visits with contact dermatitis or other eczema as the primary diagnosis: 3 million

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2016 National Summary Tables, table 15 pdf icon[PDF – 906 KB]

Emergency department visits
  • Number of emergency room visits with contact dermatitis or other eczema as the primary diagnosis: 335,000

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2016 Emergency Department Summary Tables, table 12 pdf icon[PDF – 978 KB]

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Page last reviewed: January 20, 2017