New Study Shows 16 New Genetic Associations For Allergy Sufferers

    Wednesday, 24 July 2013 00:00  Blog

4811249787 d3a3dd1bb6-300x199Do you suffer from inherited allergies? Soon, an Ohio allergist will be able to help you identify your allergen risks using genetics. Thanks to collaboration between 23andMe, a personal genetics company, and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, our knowledge of genetic allergies is expanding.  

The combined work of 23andMe and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children yielded a new study that draws more genetic traits for allergies. They have identified 16 new genetic associations to common allergens such as pollen, dust-mites, and pet dander. In addition to these findings, they have also identified that eight genetic variations previously thought to be associated with asthma are correct.

But what does this mean for allergy sufferers here in Ohio? In the near future, allergists may be able to use this information to help patients. When there are clearly defined genetic links to certain allergens, this research can help advance diagnosis and prevention. The findings can be especially helpful for infants and young children who have a parent or both parents who suffer from allergies. With advanced knowledge, one can plan ahead to avoid allergy triggers or properly treat them to avoid adverse reactions.  

The new genetic connections can also lead to the development of new medications. To learn more about how current medicine is working to manage allergy symptoms, talk to your allergist today.

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