Are Allergies in Your Genes?

Medically Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on December 16, 2020

Not exactly. If you have allergies, that doesn’t mean your child will for sure have them. But there is a 50-50 shot. If your spouse is also allergic, your kids’ odds go up to 75%.

Still, experts think other factors come into play, like your environment, air pollution, respiratory infections -- even diet and emotions.

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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Allergy and Asthma Medication Guide."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Allergy Testing for Children."

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