Q:

12/29/2013
I am writing a paper on anaphylaxis and I am reviewing the literature. I can’t find information on the total percent of the US population that has a significant allergy and requires an EpiPen. I have found percentages on food allergies but not all allergies combined. Can you help?

A:

Thank you for your inquiry.

There are three references which will give you the best information we have available on the incidence of anaphylaxis in North America. These are:

1) Wood RA, Camargo CA, Lieberman P, Sampson HA, Schwartz LB, Zitt M, Collins C, Tringale M, Wilkinson M, Boyle J, Simons FER, et al. Anaphylaxis in America: The prevalence and characteristics of anaphylaxis in the United States. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology; 21 October 2013.

2) Lieberman P, Camargo CA, Bohlke K, Jick H, Miller RL, Sheikh A, et al. Epidemiology of anaphylaxis: findings of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Epidemiology of Anaphylaxis Working Group. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2006; 97:596-602.

3) Simons FER, Peterson S, Black CD. Epinephrine dispensing patterns for an out of hospital population: a novel approach to studying the epidemiology of anaphylaxis. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2002; 110:647-651.

Thank you again for your inquiry and we hope this response is helpful to you.

Sincerely,
Phil Lieberman, M.D.

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology