Specific allergies are not inherited, for example allergy to pollen or peanuts, but the tendency to be allergic is. The potentially allergic infant is one who has one or more allergic parents, grandparents or siblings. The reasons for developing allergies are not entirely known, but any person may develop an allergy at any age.
The best way to prevent symptoms is to avoid what triggers the allergy. The allergic person needs to become very aware of when symptoms develop and take steps to reduce contact with the offending substances. Identifying allergens is not simple and may require skilled intervention or help. Click here to find out about how allergies are diagnosed.
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