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Does rhinitis run in families?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Rhinitis does not run in families, but sometimes the cause does. Allergies and asthma are linked to allergic rhinitis, and having a blood relative who has these conditions increases your risk for this type of rhinitis. Contagious rather than hereditary, the common cold (acute viral rhinitis) may be passed from family member to family member because of sharing living environments. Hygienic habits like handwashing may decrease the risk of passing a cold around the household. Talking to your doctor may help you assess your risk for rhinitis and take preventative measures, if possible.

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