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Why do some children have allergies?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Boyan Hadjiev
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Exposure + Genes
One needs both a genetic component and "exposure" to a said allergen to develop an allergy.
There is a growing support over the past 20 years, that growing up in an environment which is "too clean" can also lead to development of allergies down the road. Either way, allergies are on the rise.

In brief: Exposure + Genes
One needs both a genetic component and "exposure" to a said allergen to develop an allergy.
There is a growing support over the past 20 years, that growing up in an environment which is "too clean" can also lead to development of allergies down the road. Either way, allergies are on the rise.
Dr. Boyan Hadjiev
Dr. Boyan Hadjiev
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Genes + environment
To develop an allergy, you need a genetic predisposition.
For example, children at highest risk of developing allergic asthma are those whose parents have asthma. Also necessary is multiple exposures to the allergen. The strongest predictor of developing allergies in the future is having allergic disease now (for example, a child with eczema has increased chance of developing asthma).

In brief: Genes + environment
To develop an allergy, you need a genetic predisposition.
For example, children at highest risk of developing allergic asthma are those whose parents have asthma. Also necessary is multiple exposures to the allergen. The strongest predictor of developing allergies in the future is having allergic disease now (for example, a child with eczema has increased chance of developing asthma).
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Arthur Torre
Dr. Arthur Torre
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