Risk Factors for Allergic Rhinitis
by Michael Jubinville, MPH
A risk factor makes the chances of getting a disease or condition higher. You can have allergic rhinitis with or without any of those listed below. But the more risks you have, the higher the chances of having it.
Talk to your doctor about the steps you need to take to lower your risk.
The most common link to having this condition is your parents. Your chances of allergic rhinitis are much higher if one or both of your parents have it.
Your chances of allergic rhinitis are higher if you have other allergies. The most common links are to:
Allergic rhinitis most often appears when you're a child. But, it can happen at any age. In most cases, if you have problems at a younger age, they may not come back when you're an adult. If you started having problems after age 20, they may last through middle age.
Where You Live
Allergic rhinitis is more common in Western countries. This may be because places are sanitized and cleaner. This lowers the chances of exposures to varied allergens.
Some people have problems because of the work they do. This may be caused by:
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Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 10/16/2018
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