23 Shocking Peanut Allergy Deaths Statistics

Dec 2013
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Although a peanut allergy is rather common, the stories of peanut allergy deaths can be rather dramatic, scary, and ultimately tragic. Some people are so allergic to peanuts that they can have a reaction triggered just by walking into a room that has them inside of it. Stories of deaths occurring because of a kiss after someone has eaten peanut butter fills a parent with fear. The panic may not always be justified because other health issues, such as asthma, may also be in play. The threat of an allergic reaction is still, however, very real.

Statistics on Peanut Allergy Deaths
1. About 9,500 children every year are admitted to hospitals around the world because of the reaction they have to a food allergy.
2. Food allergies may be as high as 10% in children, but estimates also show that allergy prevalence may be as low as 2%.
3. The percentage of Americans that include peanuts in with their regular diet on a consistent basis: 73%.
4. One study found that, between 1997 and 2002, the number of children with peanut allergies doubled.
5. People with a family history of asthma or peanut allergy are at higher risk for the allergy themselves.
6. When someone has asthma along with an allergy to peanuts, the risk of anaphylactic shock increases.
7. Recent research seems to indicate that babies who are born via C-section have a 5x greater risk of developing a food allergy than those born naturally.
8. In a clinical study, those who had an allergy to peanuts were given incremental doses of real peanut powder. At the start of the study, those who had an allergy could tolerate just 3.5 mg. After 68 weeks, the average tolerance was 996 mg.
9. The percentage of the population that is affected by a peanut allergy: 1.3%
10. A peanut allergy affects 7% of the siblings of someone who has a peanut allergy as well.
11. Peanut allergies tend to have more severe symptoms than other food allergies.
12. Up to 33% of those who have peanut allergies have reactions that are classified as “serious.”
13. There is no known cure for a peanut allergy.
14. Less than 21% of patients with peanut allergy will outgrow it.
15. The percentage of children who have at least one food allergy: 4%.
16. More Americans than ever before say they are suffering from allergies.
17. When asthma is included, this issue affects more than 60 million people in the United States alone.
18. Allergies are the 5th most common chronic disease in the United States.
19. Approximately 6% of allergy sufferers have food/drug allergies as their primary allergy.
20. Each year, allergies account for more than 17 million outpatient office visits.
21. Food allergies account for 30,000 visits to the emergency room each year.
22. More than 200 deaths occur each year due to food allergies.
23. The annual cost of allergies is estimated to be nearly $14.5 billion.

23 Shocking Peanut Allergy Deaths Statistics - HRF