Can you believe that up to 1.5 million people in the USA alone might be allergic to peanuts?
These numbers seem to be typical – on a per capita basis – in other Western countries as well.
Of all the fatal allergic reactions, peanut allergies top the list. This actually amounts to about 100 people per year in the USA, which is 100 people too many, but hardly compares to the risk of driving, or being born for that matter.
More common are the less severe, but still alarming (or at least annoying) symptoms that many peanut allergy sufferers must endure should any peanut fragment cross their lips.
Certainly, the 15,0000 emergency room visits per year demonstrates that a peanut allergy is by no means trivial.
Roughly 0.5% of the adult and child population has a peanut allergy. 25% of children with a peanut allergy can be expected to grow out of it by their teens or early adult years. The rest are stuck with having a peanut allergy for the rest of their lives.