Are Allergies in Your Genes?

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.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on December 12, 2018



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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