- Allergic rhinitis, can be seasonal (spring, summer and/or early fall) usually caused by sensitivity to pollens or mold spores, or perennial (year round) usually caused by sensitivity to house dust mites, animal dander, cockroaches and/or mold spores.
- Allergic rhinitis treatment options are: avoidance, eliminating or decreasing exposure to the irritants or allergens, medication and immunotherapy (allergy shots).
- 8.3 million American children have respiratory allergies.1
- An estimated 9.5 million American children have skin allergies, with a disproportionate percentage of black children being afflicted compared to white children (16.5% v. 10.4%).2
- Food allergies in children are on the rise, affecting nearly 6 million or 8% of children.3
- Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency department – that is more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year.4
- Children with food allergies are 2-4 times more likely to have other related conditions such as asthma and other allergies, compared with children who do not have food allergies.5
- Your risk of having food allergies is higher if you have a parent who suffers from any type of allergic disease (asthma, eczema, food allergies, or environmental allergies such as hay fever).6
- Individuals with food allergies who also have asthma may be at increased risk for severe/fatal food allergy reactions.
- Symptoms of anaphylaxis may recur after initially subsiding and experts recommend an observation period of about four hours to monitor that the reaction has been resolved.
- Eight foods account for 90 percent of all reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction.7
- Food allergies affect children and adults of all races and ethnicity.
- A food allergy can begin at any age.
- There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food are important measures to prevent serious
1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Health Interview Survey, 2014 http://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Health_Statistics/NCHS/NHIS/SHS/2014_SHS_Table_C-2.pdf.
2 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Health Interview Survey, 2014 http://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Health_Statistics/NCHS/NHIS/SHS/2014_SHS_Table_C-2.pdf.