Who Is Most Likely to Develop an Allergy?

allergyAllergies are the body’s immune system reacting to a specific substance. They occur in many people and for various reasons. Often times, individuals who are dealing with allergies are in fact facing a substance that triggers their body to react in a negative way. Some allergies can create a life threatening condition in the body while others cause simple symptoms that are hard to notice. As you learn that you may have an allergic reaction, you may wonder what steps you can take to overcome it or even wonder why this happened to you.

Why Do Allergies Happen?

Doctors do not know fully why some people develop allergies and why some do not. They do not know what triggers them in most people either. If you are struggle with one, or perhaps you have a child that may have one, it helps to know that genetics are one of the main causes. If you or your child has a close family member that has an allergy, you are more likely to have that allergy yourself. However, hereditary factors do not exclude other causes and, in many cases, you may develop an allergy over time or one that no one else in your family has.

It is estimated that more than 15 million Americans have some type of food allergy or a food intolerance. Food allergies are the most interesting in that they tend to be brought on after exposure and in people who do not necessarily have a genetic link. What doctors do know about food allergies is that they tend to develop at a young age because of the way the body uses T cells and what happens to T cells after that food is digested. The good news is that many people who have food allergies at a young age or an intolerance, can outgrow them over time.

allergyIf you are experiencing an allergy or you believe that your child is at risk of developing them, the most important first step is to schedule an appointment with an allergist. These professionals will work closely with you to better understand why this is occurring and what can be done to protect your health from high risks.

Call our offices today at 212-319-5282 to schedule an appointment with the best allergist in New York City to get started in the process of learning why.

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