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Health Library : Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

 

Allergy and asthma are among the most common heath problems, with more than 50 million people afflicted with asthma, seasonal hay fever, or other allergy-related conditions each year.

Allergies can affect anyone. Generally, allergies are more common in children; however, a first-time occurrence can happen at any age, or recur after many years of remission.

There is a tendency for allergies to occur in families, although the exact genetic factors that cause it are not yet understood.

Food allergies are seen in 6 percent of children under age three, and 3 percent of adults.

Nearly 25 million people in the US have been diagnosed with asthma, with at least 5 million of them children under the age of 18.

Asthma is the third ranking cause of childhood hospitalizations.


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