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Allergic Reactions Risk Factors

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There are three factors that heighten your likelihood to develop an allergic reaction. The three factors are upper respiratory infections, the immediate environment and genetics.

A child with a parent that is allergic to a certain material/substance will have a 30% to 50% chance of inheriting his parent’s likelihood to be allergic although surprisingly, the child may not necessarily acquire his parent’s specific type of allergy. The child has a high likelihood to inherit a tendency to have allergies.

Early contact to potential allergens, like cigarette smoke, or dog or cat dander are very much agents that increase a person’s risk to develop allergies.

If both a child’s parents have allergies, the child has a high likelihood (60% to 80%) to develop allergies. Identical twins may share a lot of characteristics but they only have 25% to 50% likelihood to share similar types of allergy. If both parents have no allergic reactions, the likelihood of their child developing allergic reactions is only around 10%.

Heredity definitely determines whether a person develops an allergy of some kind; however, it is the environment that often causes the activation of that allergy. A person who has genetically acquired allergy to a certain kind of pollen may not be aware of this until he goes to an area where this pollen is widespread.

Determining why an individual is allergic to a specific substance can be difficult to do.  An allergy often starts with a sensitization wherein the individual is first exposed to an allergen. Upon another and more exposures to that allergen (even if they happen after several days or after several decades) the immune system is activated to produce antibodies that are responsible for the allergic reaction towards that antigen.

Individuals of any race, sex and age can experience allergic reactions. These reactions can begin at any age although children are the ones likeliest among all age groups to develop allergies.

Interestingly male children less than 10 years old have double the risk of developing allergic reactions to airborne substances compared to female children in this age group.

One important thing to remember is that the seriousness of an allergy can become even worse over time. A person experiencing his first bee sting, for example, could only result in a mild allergic reaction, when he gets stung a fifth or sixth time, the sting can become fatal to him.

The deadly potential of allergic reactions is reason enough to seriously take good care of first time mild reactions not merely consider them as temporary inconveniences.

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Written by Valerie

November 24th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Posted in Acupuncture

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