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Can A Parents Allergies Be Passed On To Their Children
Not exactly: The ability to react to certain proteins in an allergic way is passed on from parents to their children, but a specific allergy is not. So if a mom is allergic to pollen and the dad is allergic to fire ants, their child may develop allergies but it may be to a food instead. If 1 parent has allergies, the child is 50% likely to develop allergies, but it's a 75% chance if both parents are allergic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more
No: The condition of being allergic is certainly an inherited property. Often, that tendancy is greater in children whose biological mother has allergies. However, specific allergy is generally not thought to be inherited. That is, a parent can be allergic to food, and their children allergic to pollen or insect stings. ...Read more
My Neice has Croup, my parents spent the holidays with her, will my parents be likely to pass the germ to my children? its been 2 days
If I had a lazy eye as a child, but my parents were fine, can I still pass it on to my own children?
Do one or both parents have to have sickle cell anemia in order for this trait to pass on to their children?
No.: The parents could both be carriers of the sickle cell mutation on one of their two beta globin genes. Their other gene could be normal. This condition is called sickle cell trait. These people are usually asymptomatic with normal red cell indices. The child could have two copies of the mutant beta globin gene, one from each parent. Their is a 25% chance of this. For more details, consult your dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've had a cough for awhile. And my parents smoke ariund me. Everyone says it's allergies. Can allergies be an everyday issue?
Allergy: Allergy to something specific is not inherited directly. You inherit the ability or likelihood of being allergic, and then develop allergy to specific things based on your exposures and environmental circumstances. Gluten can also cause an inflammatory condition in the intestine called gluten sensitive enteropathy or celiac disease, but this is not an allergy. ...Read more
Great question: Most of the data on food allergy is dealing with milk, egg, and peanut. There is less data on nut allergy. While the risk of allergies is increased in children of allergic parents, this does not necessarily translate into passing down of nut allergy specifically. A factor other than genetic factors that may increase the risk of nut allergy is having eczema (atopic dermatitis). ...Read more
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