Allergies Risk Factors
Who's most at risk?
It isn't fully understood why some people become oversensitive to allergens, although you're more likely to develop an allergy if there's a history of allergies in your family.
If this is the case, you're said to be "atopic", or to have "atopy". People who are atopic have a genetic tendency to develop allergic conditions. Their increased immune response to allergens results in increased production of IgE antibodies.
Environmental factors may also play a part. Studies have shown certain things may increase the chance of a child developing allergies, such as growing up in a house where people smoke and being exposed to dust mites at a young age.
Source: NHS Choices UK1
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Protective Factors for Allergies
Household endotoxins: Interestingly, early life exposure to household endotoxin protects children against the development of allergies. In contrast, this new research shows that adult exposure to endotoxin raises the risk of asthma.
Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)2
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- Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ allergic-rhinitis/ causes/
- Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ 2005/ October2005/ docs/ 02capsules.htm
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