How does the prevalence of allergic rhinitis (hay fever) vary by age?

Updated: Dec 26, 2018
  • Author: Javed Sheikh, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Onset of allergic rhinitis is common in childhood, adolescence, and early adult years, with a mean age of onset 8-11 years, but allergic rhinitis may occur in persons of any age. In 80% of cases, allergic rhinitis develops by age 20 years. [31] The prevalence of allergic rhinitis has been reported to be as high as 40% in children, subsequently decreasing with age. [32, 33] In the geriatric population, rhinitis is less commonly allergic in nature.


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