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Are Allergies Inherited?

Not exactly -- if you have allergies, that doesn’t mean your child is definitely going to have them too. But genetics does play a role. If you have allergies, there’s a 50% chance your child will. And if your spouse is also allergic, the chance your child will be too jumps to close to 75%. Still, experts believe other factors come into play as well, like air pollution, respiratory infections, even diet and emotional makeup.

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on November 05, 2012

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