Women are more likely than men to suffer from asthma and allergies, as reported during the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) annual meeting in Baltimore on November 8, 2013.
“More prepubescent males have rhinitis, asthma and food allergy than females,” said Renata G Engler, MD, a immunologist at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Then the prevalence flips with young women experiencing these conditions.
“The importance of sex differences in the practice of allergy-immunology cannot be overstated,” While the reasons for these gender differences are unclear, and vary with age, the need for improved understanding of how sex and gender affects diagnosis, treatment and outcomes, are certainly necessary, according to Dr. Engler.
“Improved sex/gender-based medicine and research practices will benefit men and women alike.” Genetics also play an important role in allergy and asthma risk. Children are at increased risk for allergies and asthma when their parents suffer from these conditions.