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Do people in the same family suffer from an immune disorder such as allergies, asthma, or arthritis?
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Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Typically
Tendencies toward allergies and other immunologic diseases definitely run in families, but there's a lot of variation.
Allergic parents won't necessarily have allergic kids (70% risk if both parents are allergic), and non allergic parents might have allergic kids. Only an allergic tendency, not necessarily specific allergies, is passed on; kids might not have the same allergies as their parents.

In brief: Typically
Tendencies toward allergies and other immunologic diseases definitely run in families, but there's a lot of variation.
Allergic parents won't necessarily have allergic kids (70% risk if both parents are allergic), and non allergic parents might have allergic kids. Only an allergic tendency, not necessarily specific allergies, is passed on; kids might not have the same allergies as their parents.
Dr. Gary Steven
Dr. Gary Steven
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It is possible
Allergic diseases can "travel" in families however, parents don't pass on specific allergies or specific diseases.
For example, a parent would not pass on their cat allergy to their child and if a parent has allergic rhinitis it does not mean the child necessarily will.

In brief: It is possible
Allergic diseases can "travel" in families however, parents don't pass on specific allergies or specific diseases.
For example, a parent would not pass on their cat allergy to their child and if a parent has allergic rhinitis it does not mean the child necessarily will.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Dr. Andrew Murphy
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