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How common is peanut allergy?

Our studies in the US, which used a self-report approach, showed a tripling in peanut allergy among children from one in 250 in 1997 to 1 in 70 in 2008.  This figure of over 1% of children affected matches estimates from Canada, the UK and Australia.
Peanut allergy is considered a relatively common ailment among Americans with around one percent (approximately 3 million people) having a peanut allergy. Currently, about 15 million Americans have food allergies, and the numbers are rising. In the last 15 years, the number of children with food allergies has doubled. For some reason, the number of people with peanut allergy in particular appears to have tripled.

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