Allergy 911 Statistics

Who's at risk for anaphylaxis?
  • As many as 50 million Americans may be at risk for anaphylaxis.
  • As many as 13 million people are allergic to insect stings.
    • Each year, 40 to 100 anaphylactic deaths result from insect stings.
    • Among people who have had a reaction to an insect sting, 30% to 60% will have a repeat reaction that's either as severe, or more severe, than the first episode.
  • Food allergies affect as many as seven million Americans.
    • The incidence of food allergy in children is increasing dramatically.
    • More than 2 million or 8% of US children under 3 years old have food allergies.
    • Three million, or 1.1%, Americans are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts.
    • Each year, approximately 200 deaths are attributed to food-related anaphylaxis.
  • As many as 16 million people are allergic to latex.
    • Among health care workers, 8% to 17% are latex sensitive.
  • Up to 27 million people (10% of the population) are allergic to penicillin.
    • Penicillin causes around 5,500 cases of fatal anaphylaxis per year and accounts for an estimated 75% of anaphylaxis deaths in the US.
    • Most deaths occur among individuals with no prior history of drug allergies.
  • Asthmatics are at particular risk for experiencing life-threatening anaphylaxis.
How many people experience anaphylaxis?
  • Anaphylaxis occurs at a rate of 21 per 100,000 people each year in the US.
    • Approximately 82,000 episodes of anaphylaxis occur each year in the US.
    • More than 57,000 Americans may experience anaphylaxis each year.
How important is it to always carry an EpiPen (or Ana-Kit)?
  • In a study of children who experienced anaphylaxis, 10 out of 13 fatal or near-fatal anaphylactic reactions occurred outside of the home. None of the children who died or nearly died had epinephrine with them, whereas all of the survivors received epinephrine within five minutes of developing severe symptoms.
How fast does anaphylaxis occur?
  • It takes only one to two minutes for a mild allergic reaction to escalate into anaphylaxis.
  • The faster the onset of an anaphylactic reaction, the greater the likelihood that it will be severe.


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