Allergy Statistics UK

An allergy is a chronic condition involving an abnormal reaction to an ordinarily harmless substance called an allergen. Typical allergens include pollen, ragwort, ragweed, pet dander, mold and dust mites.

As many as 18 million people in the United Kingdom — about 1 in 4, suffer from hay fever allergies. This includes millions of children.

1 in 4:
Number of people in the U.K. who suffer from hay fever
1 in 3: Number of teenagers in the U.K. who suffer from hay fever
£7.1 Bn: Estimated cost to UK economy in annual lost productivity
40%: Percentage of patients with hay fever who have or will develop asthma - representing approximately 6.4 million people in the UK
71%: Percentage of hay fever sufferers with the worst symptoms reported higher than average stress levels
75%: Percentage of people who reported they would prefer a natural hay fever treatment

40%: Percentage of likelihood that students with seasonal hay fever symptoms will more likely drop a grade than those without
50%: Percentage of sufferers of allergic rhinitis who reported that their hay fever had some impact on their sleep patterns in past month

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Office for National Statistics Population, 2012.
Study by Professor Jean Emberlin, Director of the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit. 2000 April.


Pitman R. Pirache N Episode Pattern and Healthcare Utilization in Patients with Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis. Poster at EACCI, 2012 Geneva Switzerland.

Canonica G. Bousquet J. A Survey of the Burden of Allergic Rhinitis in Europe, Allergy 2007:62:17-25.