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Can pollen allergies be passed on to your kids?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: No

There certainly is a genetic component to allergic disease but not a specific pollen allergy gene that is passed on.
A general rule of thunb is that is one parent is allergy there is a 25% chance that the kids will be allergic. If both parents are allergic the chance is 50%. What is passed on is the ability to be allergic. One may have asthma and the child is food allergic, for example.

In brief: No

There certainly is a genetic component to allergic disease but not a specific pollen allergy gene that is passed on.
A general rule of thunb is that is one parent is allergy there is a 25% chance that the kids will be allergic. If both parents are allergic the chance is 50%. What is passed on is the ability to be allergic. One may have asthma and the child is food allergic, for example.
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