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What increases my risk for allergies?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Certain factors can increase your risk of having environmental allergies. If your close family members (parents, siblings) have allergies, then your risk is increased. Likewise, if you have one type of allergy, you have an increased risk of having another allergy—so if you have hay fever, you have a higher risk of developing a food allergy. In addition, increased exposure to certain allergens can raise your risk for developing an allergy: healthcare workers, for example, are more likely to develop an allergy to latex.

Children are more likely to develop allergies than adults, though adults can also develop allergies. Also, people with asthma are more likely to develop allergies.

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