2. The Prevalence of Anaphylaxis is Alarmingly High
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), anaphylaxis is at least as common as 1 in 50-people in the U.S. based on a study by the organization. However, the foundation itself acknowledges this number could be a lot higher, around 1 in 20.
What’s perhaps more alarming is that the number appears to be on the rise, especially in children. A research team at McGill University in Montreal, Canada found that the number of emergency room visits to a children’s hospital in that city from severe allergic reactions doubled in just four years. Of those cases, 80.2-percent were triggered by food—namely peanuts and tree nuts.