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9 FAQs About Allergy Relief

7. What are some common allergens?

The ones that cause most trouble are pollen (weeds, tree, grass), mold and mildew, dust mites, pet dander, cockroaches, feathers, industrial chemicals, foods (shellfish, eggs, milk, wheat, nuts), medications (aspirin, penicillin), and food additives and preservatives.

8. What if I have allergy symptoms just a few weeks a year?

You have probably seasonal allergies, or hay fever. Blame trees in the spring, grasses in summer, or weeds in the early fall. Outdoor mold also can trigger seasonal allergies.

9. Both my husband and I have allergy symptoms all the time. Will our baby have allergies, too?

It’s more likely. If one parent has allergies, the child has a 50% chance of also having allergies. If both parents have allergies, the probability jumps to 75%.  But it’s not just from Mom and Dad. Respiratory infections, air pollution, diet, and even personality may play a role.

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Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD on October 19, 2012

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