The odds are 50-50 that your child will inherit your allergic tendency, but environmental factors can make it even more likely.
Researchers noted in 2015 that previous researchers first described the existence of a genetic component for allergy around 100 years ago. Moreover, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that childhood asthma runs strongly in families and that allergies worsen asthma flares.
It is important to note that you and your child may not always share the same allergies. You only pass on the tendency, not the certainty, for particular allergens to negatively affect your child’s system.
Genes and hereditary allergic responses
Researchers have also linked the following allergic conditions to a corresponding likelihood of hereditary transmission to offspring:
- Allergic rhinitis (such as hay fever): 31-91 percent chance of hereditary factor
- Atopic dermatitis (such as eczema): 71-84 percent chance of hereditary factor
Moreover, medical researchers have documented that a child is more likely to develop asthma if a parent also has asthma. It is also documented that asthma and allergies in offspring are far more likely if both parents experience these health conditions.
Understanding allergy development and environmental factors
Increased exposure to specific allergens like pollen, mold, dust, or certain food items can prompt an allergic response in people with sensitivities. Your toddler may not display signs of an allergy until age 5 or older.
Since allergies can worsen asthma attacks, learning whether or not our child’s symptoms are allergy-related is essential for overall health.
How are genome-wide association studies contributing to allergy knowledge?
Consequent to the mapping of the human genome in 2003, Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) have been leading to cutting-edge research findings focused on asthma and allergy-linked genetic traits. Indeed, research in 2018 on an analysis of GWAS studies showed a strong genome-wide genetic correlation between asthma and allergic diseases.
Research the year prior described how GWAS-based findings contribute to the development of new asthma drugs aimed at 5 of the 49 likely target genes predisposed to childhood asthma.
Reasons your child should be tested for an allergy
If your child show signs of an allergy such as continuous nasal drainage, sneezing, nasal congestion, and/or itchy watery eyes, then visit a local allergy clinic for skin-testing. This is especially true if a doctor has diagnosed your child with asthma.
Consider these reasons why your child should be tested for an allergy:
- Food allergies are more prevalent than ever with at least 4 percent of all people in the US diagnosed with a food allergy.
- A childhood allergy can develop suddenly, since the immunological response typically does not occur the first time a child is exposed to the given allergen.
- Allergies can result in a life-threatening reaction.
- Allergies exacerbate asthma flares.
Why should you choose a local allergy clinic?
If you or your child need an allergy treatment then Arkansas Asthma and Allergy in Little Rock or Conway provides the testing and treatment services necessary to keep you healthy. It also serves patients from elsewhere, so living in Little Rock or Conway is not a prerequisite for testing and/or treatment at our offices.
Treatment options at allergy and asthma clinics
Not all allergy and asthma clinics provide the same treatment options, but Arkansas Allergy and Asthma provide allergy shots as one treatment that can enable desensitization to the target allergen.
Moreover, if you have a family pet and your child is allergic to it, then a periodic allergy shot may enable your child to interact with that beloved cat or dog. This is just one example of how a treatment can help you or your allergic child enjoy these interactions rather than avoid them.
If you want a local allergy clinic that can both diagnose and treat allergies, contact Arkansas Allergy and Asthma at 501-227-5210 to request an appointment today!
We look forward to assisting you and or your child with living a healthy, well-maintained asthma and allergy life.