Does peanut allergy run in families?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Peanut allergies, like most types of allergies, tend to run in families. That means that if your parents have had a peanut allergy, you're much more likely to develop the condition, too. However, it's not just a history of peanut allergy that increases your chances. If a parent has had other food allergies, allergic asthma, or seasonal allergies, your risk for developing a peanut allergy may be increased.

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