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Why do some children have allergies?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
50 years experience in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Hereditary: The ability to have allergies is hereditary. If one parent has allergy, there is about a 40% chance of the child having allergy. If both parents are allergic, the chances increase to about 70%. Allergy also requires exposure to an "allergen", like pollen, dust mite, molds or animals. So if there is no exposure, no symptoms occur.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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