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Can allergies be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Allergies cannot necessarily be prevented, but future reactions can be avoided, depending on what you're allergic to. Start a journal to determine what causes your allergies, and note everything: symptoms, activities, timing and what helps relieve symptoms. By determining your triggers and best course of treatment, you can avoid what causes your allergies and prevent the symptoms.

It is thought that exclusive breastfeeding for the first 4-6 months of life may prevent or decrease allergies in children. Another possibility being studied is the "hygiene hypothesis" that suggests that exposure to some allergens in the first year of life may prevent acquiring allergies later on.

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