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Allergies, Asthma… What’s the Cost?

allergy-animals-pollen-foodAll of us in Florida know somebody who has allergies. Most of allergy sufferers are familiar with symptoms of asthma. Each year in the United States asthma accounts for an enormous social and economic cost. More than 25.7 million Americans — one in 12 — suffer from asthma, including 7.7 percent of adults and 9.5 percent of children.1,2 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this translates into more than nine million office visits, two million emergency department (ED) visits, half a million hospitalizations, and more than 3,300 deaths each year.3,4,5 The direct costs of… Continue reading