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Allergy Statistics

Allergy is widespread in the UK. Millions of adults suffer from at least one allergy, with numbers continuing to rise. Each year the number of allergy sufferers increases by 5%, half of all affected being children.

Below is an overview of allergy related statistics. Please contact the press office for more information:

  • 615% increase in hospital admissions for anaphylaxis in 20 years, 1992-2012 (Turner et al, JACI, 2015)
  • In the last decade, the cases of food allergies have doubled and the number of hospitalisations caused by severe allergic reactions has increased 7-fold (EAACI, 2015)
  • Over 20,000 admitted to hospital each year with allergy, 61.8 per cent (12,560) of admissions due to allergic reactions were emergencies, a 6.2 per cent increase (730) on the same period last year (11,830).(HSCIC, 2014)
  • By 2025, asthma will represent the most prevalent chronic childhood disease and result in one of the highest causes of health care costs (EAACI, 2014)
  • Over 150 million people have allergies in Europe, the most common chronic disease (EAACI, 2014)

  • 6–8 % of children have a proven food allergy (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2011)

  • Allergy is a chronic disease that is expected to affect more than 50% of all Europeans in 10 years' time (EAACI, 2011)

  • Up to 1 in 5 allergic people suffer a serious debilitating disease and are in fear of death from a possible asthma attack or anaphylactic shock (EAACI, 2011)
  • An estimated 21 million adults in the UK suffer from at least one allergy (Mintel, 2010)

  • An estimated 10 million adults suffer from more than one allergy (Mintel, 2010)
  • Seasonal allergic rhinitis is associated with a detrimental effect on examination performance in UK teenagers.   (Walker et al, J Allergy Clin Imm 2007)

  • UK hospital admissions for food allergies have increased by 500% since 1990 (Gupta, 2007)

  • The prevalence of diagnosed allergic rhinitis and eczema in children have both trebled over the last three decades (Gupta, 2007)
  • There are around 30 allergy specialists in the UK, that’s one for every 700,000 sufferers
  • 20% of the population are affected by allergic rhinitis (Allergy The Unmet Need, 2003)
  • The number of sufferers from rhinitis has tripled in the last 20 years (Allergy The Unmet Need, 2003)
  • Asthma, Rhinitis and Eczema have trebled in the last 20 years (Allergy The Unmet Need, 2003)
  • 10% of children and adults under the age of 45 have 2 or more allergies (Allergy The Unmet Need, 2003)
  • 13 million people below the mid forties have 2 or more allergies (Allergy The Unmet Need, 2003)
  • 50% of children and young people have one or more allergy within the first 18 years of life (Journal of Clinical & Experimental Allergy, 2009)
  • £900million per annum spent by Primary Care is due to allergy (Enquiry Into Provision of Allergy Services, 2004)
  • £68million per annum is the cost of hospital admissions due to allergy (Enquiry Into Provision of Allergy Services, 2004)
  • The UK is one of the top three countries in the world for the highest incident of allergy (The Allergenic Invasion, 1999)