What is the global prevalence of allergic rhinitis (hay fever)?

Updated: Dec 26, 2018
  • Author: Javed Sheikh, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Throughout the world, the prevalence of allergic rhinitis has slightly escalated. [16] Currently, approximately 10 to 30% of adults and 40% of children are affected. [14] The European Community Resporatory Health survey recorded a prevalence of 10 to 41% in adults with allergic rhinitis. [17] Scandinavian studies have demonstrated a cumulative prevalence rate of 15% in men and 14% in women. [18] The prevalence of allergic rhinitis may vary within and among countries. [19, 20, 21, 22] Highest prevalence of severe allergic rhinitis symptoms in children were observed in Africa and Latin America. [23] This may be due to geographic differences in the types and potency of different allergens and the overall aeroallergen burden.

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