Peanut Allergy Statistics: Peanut Allergies Have Tripled In The U.S. Over The Past 20 Years

Reliable peanut allergy statistics are not that easy to come by. There is a lot of available research on food allergies in general but not too many studies have been done on peanut allergy alone.

The internet is littered with hair-raising numbers about peanut allergy and other nut allergies but close examination may reveal that these U.S. peanut allergy statistics have been extrapolated or taken from studies with non-representative sample sizes.

  • Peanut allergy is the most common food allergy among children.
  • Peanut allergies have tripled in the past twenty years.
  • Peanut allergies have affected 1.2% of the overall U.S. population.
  • Approximately, 1.2 million, or just over 2% of children and teens, have been diagnosed with a peanut allergy.
  • There has been an increase of 21% of peanut allergies in children since 2010.
  • Only 20% of children outgrow their peanut allergy.
  • Between 2001 and 2017 the incidence of peanut allergies in infants under the age of one year has increased threefold from 1.7% to 5.2%.

Whether you think that prevalent peanut allergy statistics overstate or understate the problem, the important things to remember are:

Here are a few related peanut allergy statistics accompanied by links to their sources. We encourage you to follow the links for a better understanding of the problem.

Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, AJMC, MedPage Today
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