Preventing Allergies

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Story Updated: Nov 11, 2013

When an expectant mother has allergies, there's a good chance her child will be allergic. a 30 to 40 percent chance if it's just mom and up to a 75 percent chance if both parents are involved.

Now, a new study looks at whether pregnant women who receive allergy shots or immunotherapy may decrease their child's chances of developing allergies.

Researchers analyzed surveys from 143 mothers with a doctor's diagnosis of allergic rhinitis. The women were asked about their immunotherapy history and

allergic disease in each of their children.

The goal was to determine if a child's chances of having asthma, food allergies or eczema decreased if their Mom received pre-natal allergy shots. According to the data, the answer may be yes. There was a strong association between the two suggesting that mothers can pass along protective factors. The researchers suggest more study to confirm the results.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with news you can use for healthier living.

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