17 Worrying Allergy Statistics And Alarming Asthma
In the USA, millions of people are allergic to a variety of substances, and they are
looking for effective allergy relief. Dust, pollen, pet dander, food and tiny invisible
particles that simply float into your home from large industries are harmful. Allergies
cause day to day misery for millions, and has a major impact on society in general.
The most important allergy facts and stats are laid out below, which are supported by
the best and latest available data, mostly from the AAAAI.org - American Academy of
Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. This information is taken from those residing in the
1-A huge 20% of the entire population in the U.S. suffer from at least one type of
allergic reaction. This number includes those who suffer from asthma. Many experts
from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimate that one fifth of the
population is a low approximate.
2-Over half of the American population test positive to one or more allergens,
although many did not realise they had a problem with allergies. Many of those did
report minor problems such as coughing, watery eyes and a general feeling of ill
3-Taking into account other major chronic diseases that people suffer from in the U.S.
The U.S.A. comes 5th in this rank for allergies. Those suffering from allergies have
risen sharply in the last few decades. Some say this is directly linked to industrial
4-The U.S. government spend a massive amount of money tackling the problems of
allergy sufferers. The American health care system and businesses pick up the tab for
this everyday problem, and cough up nearly $8 Billion every year. This amount rises
5-Most businesses dislike workers taking more days off than they really need too.
Employed Americans take between 3.9 and 4.2 million days off work every year
because of the horrid symptoms of hay fever, runny nose and streaming eyes. Classic
6-Whether you agree with the effects of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and
warming of our planet or not, does not alter the fact that pollen seasons over the last
two decades in the U.S. have mysteriously lengthened by nearly one month - 30 days.
7-One third of children with one parent who suffers from allergies, will go on to
develop some form of allergic complaint or asthma. I have not seen any evidence or
statistics of hereditary illness among allergy sufferers, but this fact surely indicates
that more research is required, especially when you consider the fact that the chances
of a child with both allergic parents will develop allergies is even greater at 70%.
8-Food allergies are also at an all time high, and this is non seasonal. 29,000
ambulance/ER calls are registered by operators directly from those suffering from the
symptoms of food allergies in kitchens, homes and restaurants all over the U.S.
9-Children diagnosed with a food allergy are nearly 5 times more likely to have allergy
symptoms similar to asthma and other various types of allergies. Food allergies in the
US. directly impact around 7% of children under the age of three years.
10-Surprisingly, over 14% of Americans firmly believe they have a food allergy
problem, but the actual amount of U.S. citizens who are diagnosed with this illness
from their doctor is much less, 2% - 5%.
11-This is public enemy number 1. Yes it's our old friend - 'poor indoor air quality', the
biggest problem facing every household, whether you know about it, deny it, or
simply ignore it. Over 85% of our time involves indoor activity, and most of the
population are unaware that they are breathing in stale or unhealthy air every day in
their own home. Effective allergy relief for sufferers should always start at home.
12-Indoor air pollution outweighs levels of outdoor pollution by 50 to 1 in many cases.
It's quite startling to think that if you are standing in a street with heavy traffic and
high car exhaust levels, that your own home air quality is worse than this. In many
cases this is true, due to factors such as poor construction methods, dampness, high
dust levels, mould, wrong insulation or poor ventilation.
13-One of the best ways to improve your indoor air quality is to invest in a HEPA
vacuum cleaner to trap those tiny particles that cause allergy symptoms. Recent tests
have proven that many vacuum cleaners emit a certain amount of dust and microbes
back into your home while vacuuming, which defeats the whole purpose.
If you do suffer from asthma/allergies, you must do a little homework enabling you to
select a quality and effective HEPA vacuum cleaner that is completely sealed, and
does not throw back dangerous pollutants back into your room.
14-Pets are great to have around the house, and are our best friends. Over 40% of US
residents own one or more dogs, and roughly the same percentage have one or more
cats. Every home with pets have noticeable amounts of dander, which inevitably leads
to allergy symptoms in humans. This means that cleaning up after our pets is
important, and has to be done on a regular basis to keep high air quality.
15-Nearly 8% of U.S. citizens have been diagnosed with asthma related illness. More
worrying is the high number of children under the age of 5 with asthma. Kids under 5
in the U.S. with asthma, between the early 80's and mid 90's has risen by a huge
170%. These figures are likely to be related to growing poverty, poor housing and
high levels of industry pollution emissions.
16-Recent figures suggest that nearly 2 million ER call outs occur every year to those
with asthma related problems, and these figures show no sign of slowing down.
Furthermore, the percentage of those admitted to hospital for asthma/allergy
problems who are young children is estimated at approaching the 50% mark.
17-Sadly, just under 5000 deaths are recorded every year in the U.S. who died
directly from asthma alone, but even more alarming is the sheer volume of people
who have severe allergy symptoms, such as streaming eyes, bad congestion,
sneezing, running nose and coughing - who have 'non-allergic rhinitis' instead is
around a third of the entire population. Diagnosed allergic rhinitis affects around 25%
of adults, and as many as 35% of children who live in the U.S.
The allergy statistics on this page are somewhat disturbing, especially when we see
that children suffer a high proportion of allergy and asthma related illnesses.
Thankfully there are several ways we can reduce allergy symptoms at home by
cleaning our home the correct way to improve indoor air quality. As we spend most of
our time at home, it is the most logical place to start reducing allergens and pollutants
so we can enjoy a clean and hygienic home atmosphere.
A J Pipkin