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Risk Factors for Allergic Rhinitis

A risk factor increases the chance of having a disease or condition. A person can have allergic rhinitis with or without any of the risk factors listed below. But the more risks a person has, the higher the chances of having allergic rhinitis.

Talk to a doctor about what steps to take to lower the risk.


Allergies often run in families. A person's chances of allergic rhinitis is much higher if 1 or both of their parents have it.

Health Problems

The chances of allergic rhinitis are higher for people who have:


Allergic rhinitis most often appears in childhood. It may go away as the child grows. People who started having problems after age 20 may have it through middle age.


Some people have problems because of the work they do. Allergic rhinitis may be caused by:

  • Seed or wood dust
  • Animal dander
  • Textile dust
  • Chemicals
  • Rubber latex
  • Certain foods and spices
  • Storage mites
  • Odors and fumes such as smoking or air pollution


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Allergy treatment. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website. Available at: Accessed May 20, 2022.