Risk factors for allergy

@article{Swert1999RiskFF,
  title={Risk factors for allergy},
  author={Liliane F. De Swert},
  journal={European Journal of Pediatrics},
  year={1999},
  volume={158},
  pages={89-94}
}
  • L. D. Swert
  • Published 26 January 1999
  • Medicine
  • European Journal of Pediatrics
Host factors involved in the risk for allergy are heredity, sex, race and age, with heredity being by far the most important. Exposure to allergens has been identified as an influential environmental factor, whereas passive smoking and pollution may act as an adjuvant. The atopic mother may – during pregnancy – add to an atopy-prone environment. Whereas respiratory infections are associated with attacks of bronchial asthma, infections in early life might play a role in the protection against… 
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