What should I tell the doctor about my family's medical history?

Tell your doctor if your parents or other family members had or have allergies. If people in your family have allergies, there is a strong likelihood that you will have allergies. Allergies tend to run in families, and having parents with allergies significantly increases your risk of developing them.

  • If both your parents have allergies, you have a 70% chance of developing them. That's almost 4 times the normal risk.
  • If only 1 parent has allergies, you still have a nearly 40% chance of developing them.
  • If neither of your parents has allergies, your risk of becoming allergic drops to about 10%.

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