When Allergies Attack Infographic

When Allergies Attack! Asthma and Allergies in America

Breakdown percentage of people in the U.S. that have

  • 7.7% have asthma
  • 55% test positive for one or more allergens
  • More than 2 million adults aged 65 and over have asthma
  • 1 in 5 people have either allergy or asthma symptoms

Triggers

Genetic Factors

  • 33% of children with one allergic parent develop allergies.
  • 70% of children with two allergic parents develop allergies.

Pets

Percentage of U.S. Households with:

  • 39% one or more dogs
  • 100% of U.S. households contain detectable levels of dog and cat dander
  • 36% one or more cats

Indoor Air Pollution

  • 90% of our lives are spent indoors
  • In the United States indoor pollution exceeds levels of outdoor pollution by 2 to 100 times
    8 out of 10 households use pesticides inside and outside the home

Related Illness (Health Care & Business Costs)

  • Asthma causes 10.5 million missed school days per year
  • 4 million workdays are lost to hay fever annually
  • $7.9 billion one estimate of the annual cost of allergies to the health care system an businesses in the U.S.
  • 44% of people hospitalized for asthma are children
  • In the U.S. 1.8 million ER visits were caused by asthma in 2004

Sources:
WebMD
EPA

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