CDC: More Than a Quarter of U.S. Adults and Children Have at Least One Allergy

For Immediate Release: January 26, 2023

Contact: CDC, National Center for Health Statistics, Office of Communication (301) 458-4800

Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. adults and more than 1 in 4 U.S. children reported having a seasonal allergy, eczema, or food allergy in 2021, according to new data from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Almost 6% of U.S. adults and children have a food allergy, with Black, Non-Hispanic adults, and children one of the most likely to report this type of allergy.

The data are captured in two new reports from the National Health Interview Survey: “Diagnosed Allergic Conditions Among Adults, United States, 2021” and “Diagnosed Allergic Conditions Among Children Aged 0–17 Years: United States, 2021.”

Findings from the adults’ report include:

  • About one quarter (25.7%) of adults have a seasonal allergy, 7.3% have eczema, and 6.2% have a food allergy.
  • White, Non-Hispanic adults are more likely to have a seasonal allergy (28.4%) compared to Black, non-Hispanic (24%); Hispanic (18.8%) and Asian, non-Hispanic (17.0%) adults.
  • The percentage of adults with eczema is higher among women (8.9%) compared to men (5.7%).
  • Black, Non-Hispanic adults are more likely to have a food allergy (8.5%) compared to Hispanic (4.4%); White, non-Hispanic (6.2%), and Asian, non-Hispanic (4.5%) adults.

Highlights from the children’s report include:

  • Nearly 1 in 5 children (18.9%) have a seasonal allergy, 10.8% have eczema, and 5.8% have a food allergy.
  • Boys (20%) are more likely to have a seasonal allergy than girls (17.7%).
  • Children 6-11 years are most likely to have eczema (12.1%), followed by children 0-5 years (10.4%), and children 12-17 years (9.8%).
  • Black, non-Hispanic children are more likely to have a food allergy (7.6%) compared to Hispanic (5%) and White, non-Hispanic (5.3%) children.

The reports are available on the NCHS web site at




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