According to the latest information available from the American Lung Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):
- Approximately 22.2 million people in the US have been diagnosed with asthma, with at least 6.8 million of them children under the age of 18.
- Asthma is one of the leading, serious, chronic illness among children in the US.
- Asthma accounts for 13 million absences from school each year.
- Asthma is the third-ranking cause of childhood hospitalizations under the age of 15.
- Allergies affect more than 50 million people in the US.
- Pollen allergy (hay fever or allergic rhinitis) affects nearly 8.6 percent of adults in the US (18.7 million people), not including those with asthma.
- Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the US.
- Urticaria (hives; raised areas of reddened skin that become itchy) and angioedema (swelling of throat tissues) together affect approximately 10 percent to 20 percent of the US population at some time in their lives.
- Chronic sinusitis, most often caused by allergies, affects nearly 37 million people in the US.
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