Women and Allergy

Women and Allergy
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Risk Factors

  • Females are slightly more likely to have food allergies than males, with percentages of reported reactions at 4.1 and 3.8% respectively.1
  • Allergies are very common in pregnancy; about a quarter of all expectant mothers experience them. Not all are long-term allergy sufferers—many women with no known prior allergies experience their symptoms only during pregnancy.2
  • People inherit a tendency to be allergic, although not to any specific allergen. When one parent is allergic, his or her child has a 50% chance of having allergies. That risk jumps to 75% if both parents have allergies.3


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1. Website [Internet]. [cited 2014 Jul 02] Available from: http://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/statistics
2. Website [Internet]. [cited 2014 Jul 02] Available from: http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-health/if-you-get-sick/allergies.aspx
3. Website [Internet]. [cited 2014 Jul 02] Available from: http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/allergy-basics