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How to survive allergies and asthma
May 2, 1997
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How can I control and treat my asthma? Is there a relation between the menstral cycle and asthma and allergy symptoms? Can adults develop asthma late in life? Is it true that the longer you breast feed, the less allergies your children will have? What new drugs are available to treat asthma and allergies? What kinds of allergy testing alternatives are there? Additional comments....
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Lynn Brielmaier of Houston TX, asks:
When I was a small child, I was diagnosed with first asthma and then severe allergies. I took allergy shots every week from the 7th grade through high school, never seeing much improvement.
I now have four children. What is the likelihood that the childhood disruption I experienced will happen to my offspring?
Allergy and asthma specialist Dr. John Winder responds:
Depending upon whose article you read, the odds can be as high as 3 out of 4 chances that each one of your children could develop some form of allergy to as low as 1 in 3 that one of them might develop something.
But there's no way to predict if it will occur in your children specifically.
If their father also has some form of allergy the odds can be 3 out of 4. If allergy is just on your family's side it drops down to 50/50.
Another study shows 50/50 with both sides of the family affected and down to 1in 3 if just one side has the allergy-prone genes. "You bets your money and you takes your chances."