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Facts About Allergies & Asthma

Allergies and asthma are among the most common health problems in children and their prevalence has been increasing over the last decade.

Consider the following facts:

  • Allergies are more common in children; however, a first-time occurrence can happen at any age, or recur after many years of remission.
  • Allergies tend to occur in families.
  • Food allergies are seen in 8 percent of children under age 6.
  • At least 6.3 million children under the age of 18 have been diagnosed with asthma.
  • Pediatric asthma is the third ranking cause of childhood hospitalizations under the age of 15 and the most common reason for missed school days in children.

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