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Are drug allergies inherited?

Drug allergies are not inherited—they are acquired during someone's life. Typically, to develop a true allergy to a medication, someone must be exposed to that drug multiple times. However, he or she may be more likely to develop an allergy if other members of the family are allergic to similar types of medications.

Is anyone in your family allergic to a specific drug or type of drugs? If so, be warned: You may well have inherited an allergic tendency and should be careful what drugs you take. May sure you let your doctor know about any history of drug allergies in your family.

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Allergies

Allergies

About one out of five Americans suffers from allergies. An allergy is an exaggerated response from the immune system to a substance such as dust, pollen, pet dander or mold. Other common triggers include foods such as peanuts and ...

milk; insect bites; and certain ingredients in cosmetics and jewelry. Allergies can cause anything from rashes and hives to itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, and wheezing.
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