Allergic problems tend to run in families, and the likelihood of a child developing an allergy is increased if one or both parents suffer from this problem. If both parents are allergic, the risk is 75 percent; if one parent is allergic, the risk is 50 percent. On average, between 10 and 20 percent of the population is allergic, although this is higher in certain age groups due to the increasing development of allergic problems in children. There is research evidence suggesting that the types of allergic disease the parents suffer from may influence the types of allergy their children develop. This is due to the inherited nature of the response to allergens and the body’s response to the allergic reaction.
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