Inheritance and Genetics of Allergies
Inheritance and Genetics Information
Inheritance of Allergies:
Scientists think that people inherit a tendency to be allergic, meaning an
increased likelihood of being allergic to one or more allergens, although they
probably do not have an inherited tendency to be allergic to any specific
allergens. Children are much more likely to develop allergies if their parents
have allergies, even if only one parent is allergic. (Source: excerpt from Something in the Air Airborne Allergens: NIAID)
About inheritance and genetics:
Inheritance of Allergies refers to whether the condition is inherited
from your parents or "runs" in families.
The level of inheritance of a condition depends
on how important genetics are to the disease.
Strongly genetic diseases are usually inherited,
partially genetic diseases are sometimes inherited,
and non-genetic diseases are not inherited.
For general information, see Introduction to Genetics.
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