Are You One Of Them ? – Allergy Facts

By Atul N. Shah, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI,
Medical Director,;
Bestselling Author of “Allergies, and Awesome You

Are You One of Them? Look at these Allergy Facts.

There are more than 60 million Americans with allergies.
Allergy prevalence has been increasing across all age, sex and racial groups.
Allergies are the fifth leading chronic disease among all age groups.
Allergies are the third most common chronic disease among children under 18 years.
40 million Americans have indoor/outdoor allergies as their primary allergy.
10 million Americans are allergic to cat dander.
7% of allergy sufferers have skin allergies.
6% of allergy sufferers have food/drug allergies.

Allergies account for more than 17 million outpatient office visits each year.
Food allergies account for 30,000 emergency room visits each year.
The annual cost of allergies is estimated to be nearly $7 billion.
Allergies cause 4 million missed or lost workdays per year.
Allergies cost U.S. companies more than $700 million in lost productivity each year.

Percentage of the people in the U.S. who believe they have a food allergy: up to 15%.
Percentage of the people in the U.S. who actually have a food allergy: 3% to 4%.
Indoor pollution in U.S. homes exceed levels of outdoor pollution by two to 100 times.

An estimated 10 percent of the U.S. population may be allergic to animals.
Approximately 20 to 30 percent of individuals with asthma have pet allergies.
An estimated 26-30 million Americans have hay fever symptoms each year.

The treatment of a runny nose from allergies includes many other things besides allergy pills and prescription nose spray. Allergy skin tests or blood tests help determine the source of the allergy. Avoiding the cause can help significantly. In severe conditions, allergy vaccinations with shots or drops can be very useful and help prevent the recurrence of allergy-related symptoms. Vaccinations improve asthma, nasal, eye and sinus conditions and help reduce the amount of medications needed to control allergy symptoms.

So, once you realize that you have allergies, the next step, and a very important one is to believe that you can live a great life despite the allergies. It’s been a reality for many people who have believed and followed the advice of the AmazingAllergist and his team. If you agree that you’ll get better, you’ll be open to learning, discovering and using resources that can help you get there. Professionals are there to guide you, but only you can take the necessary actions to better your health and quality of life.

Now the allergen immunotherapy is available as oral drops as well, for patients who can not commit to weekly injections in a medical setting. The oral or sublingual drops are considered safe and can be administered at home. Either form of allergen immunotherapy helps reduce and in many patients, eliminate the dependence on allergy medications.

About the Author:
Atul N. Shah, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, is a board certified allergist and the bestselling author of the children’s book, Allergies, and Awesome You. He is also a medical director of and the founder of the educational website He has earned an honor of fellowships in both the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. He has personally treated more than 20,000 patients, made a significant impact on more than 100,000 lives as an allergist and earned the nickname “AmazingAllergist” from his patients and peers. He has been recognized with various awards, including the America’s Top Physicians’ Award, the Patients’ Choice Award, and the Most Compassionate Physicians’ Award. He believes that every allergic child and individual has a potential to live a great life, allergy-free.

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