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%.