How Common Is Allergic Rhinitis?

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How Common Is Allergic Rhinitis?

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Allergic rhinitis is a common disease and the most common of the allergic diseases.

Whether you are affected by allergic rhinitis varies by age. Of people who have allergic rhinitis:2

  • 32% are age 17 and younger.
  • 43% are age 18 to 44.
  • 17% are age 45 to 64.
  • 8% are age 65 and older.

Most people who have allergic rhinitis have a parent, brother, or sister who has allergic rhinitis, asthma, or skin allergies. It is more likely a child will have an allergy if both parents have an allergy or have the same type of allergy.1

Related Information



  1. Fireman P (2000). Therapeutic approaches to allergic rhinitis: Treating the child. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 105(6, Part 2): S616–S621.
  2. Slavin RG (2005). Allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and sinusitis. In DC Dale, DD Federman, eds., ACP Medicine, section 6, chap. 12. New York: WebMD.


By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Harold S. Nelson, MD - Allergy and Immunology
Specialist Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Last Revised May 27, 2010

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