9 Shocking Truths About Allergies

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Allergies rank as the 5th leading chronic disease in the United States. It is estimated that one in five Americans have either allergy or asthma. Food allergies alone send more than 30,000 people to the emergency room every year, and there are plenty other allergies which put people into hospitals but are unaccounted for.

Despite these terrifying numbers, the majority don’t take allergies seriously. They shrug it off as a non-threatening condition which can be easily taken care of. But that’s only because they don’t know these 9 shocking truths about allergies.

Hint: One of them is going to send shivers down your spine!

1. It’s in your blood.

Allergies run in the family. It is a strongly familial disease that affects more than half of the U.S. population. There is a 33 percent chance that you have allergies if at least one of your parents has it. And if both your parents have allergies, you have a 70 percent of developing the disease.

One shocking truth about allergies is that having a family history of asthma increases your probability of having allergies. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that may be triggered by allergens – a condition known as allergic asthma. However, most people who suffer from asthma don’t realize that their symptoms are triggered by exposure to allergens. Asthma here is merely the symptom of an allergic reaction.

If you suspect that you have allergies or believe your children may have it, review your family’s background. Remember that much like any familial disease, allergies are passed on genetically from parent to offspring. It might even skip a generation! See if any your parents and grandparents were diagnosed with allergies, asthma, or both, or if they showed symptoms of these diseases anytime throughout their lives.

It is worth noting that specific allergies are not always passed on consistently. A parent who is allergic to pain medication may bear children allergic to certain food. This is because while the likelihood of having allergies is inherited genetically, the specific allergen to which a person reacts is not. So don’t dwell on these specifics when tracing your family history and consider all types of allergies they had as a precursor to yours or your children’s.

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