Are you born with allergies? Or do they develop over time?
Some infants are born with allergies, often to food or ingredients. A pediatrician watches for such allergies and provides parents with detailed information for managing them. It is not uncommon for children to "outgrow" allergies but each case is unique. So if your child has allergies, follow your doctor's advice.
Most adult allergies seem to develop over time. No one is certain why a person will not be allergic to something and then begins to have an allergic reaction to it. That's why it makes sense to BE ALLERGY ALERT! so you can recognize symptoms and get medical help for allergies when you need it.
Do allergies run in families?
There seems to be some connection. Often several people in the same family will have allergies but sometimes only one member is affected. Once again, it's smart to BE ALLERGY ALERT! and learn how to recognize allergy symptoms.
Are allergies really serious or just an inconvenience?
Allergies are nothing to sneeze at! Allergic rhinitis can be associated with more serious disease. For example, 58 percent of all adult asthma patients also have allergic rhinitis.
Can anything be done to reduce or prevent allergies?
Yes. Since allergies develop in response to allergy triggers, the best way to help reduce or prevent allergies is to get rid of as many allergy triggers as possible, at work as well as at home.