Medical University of South Carolina Hospital logo
Home |  Video Library | Podcast Library | e-Newsletters | Classes & Events | About Us | News Blog | University & Colleges 
Contact Us | 843-792-1414

Patients & Visitors

Medical Services

Maps & Parking

Health Library

Physician Portal


Online Services
Health Library
Health Topics A to Z
Clinical Trials & Research
Tests & Procedures
Lab Tests & Results
Health Assessment Tools
Symptom Checker
Health e-Newsletters
Podcast Library
Video Library
Health Library
Bookmark Page icon Bookmark |

Print this page icon


E-mail icon

Health Library : Allergy and Asthma



Statistics related to asthma and allergies

According to the latest information available from the American Lung Association, the CDC, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases:


  • Approximately 24.6 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with asthma, with at least 7.1 million of them children under the age of 18.
  • Asthma is one of the leading serious, chronic illnesses among children in the U.S.
  • More than 3 thousand Americans die each year from asthma.
  • Asthma accounts for more than 14 million absences from school each year.
  • Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalizations for children under the age of 15.


  • More than 50 percent of Americans test positive for at least one allergy.
  • Allergies affect 40 to 50 million people in the U.S.
  • Pollen allergy (hay fever or allergic rhinitis) affects about 8 percent of adults in the U.S.
  • Allergies are one of the leading chronic diseases in the U.S.
  • Allergies, in general, affect 10 percent of children.
  • Urticaria (hives; raised areas of reddened skin that become itchy) and angioedema (swelling of throat tissues) together affect approximately 15 percent to 24 percent of the U.S. population at some time in their lives.
  • Chronic sinusitis, most often caused by allergies, affects 12 percent of Americans under age 45.
  • In 2007, the latest statistics available, food or digestive allergies were reported in about 3 million children.

Click here to view the
Online Resources of Allergy & Asthma

 Sources & References


 Find an MUSC Doctor:
 »Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

 Treatment at MUSC:
 »Dermatology Clinic
 »Nose & Sinus Program



 Interactive Tools:
 »Childhood Asthma Quiz

About This Site   |   Disclaimer   |  Privacy   |   Accessibility   |   Donations   |   Site Map
171 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403 1.843.792.1414 | © 2014 Medical University of South Carolina

mobile web site iconrss feed iconText Messaging iconPodcast Library