Allergies Can Be Linked to Your Season of Birth

As springtime rolls around, those with allergies brace themselves for the fight all while cursing the different environmental irritants that bring such chagrin. But did you know there is another culprit to blame when it comes to allergies’ origins? It turns out the season of our births has quite a lot to do with it.

New research from the United Kingdom identified genetic markers that are linked to both the seasons of someone’s birth and their risk of developing allergic diseases. The data point to some mysterious environmental factor which fluctuates depending on the season and also influences these markers. It is unclear what this factor could be, but scientists say it may hold the key to being able to lessen someone’s chances of growing up with an allergic disease.

John Holloway, a University of Southampton professor of allergy and respiratory genetics and co-author of the study, says, “The clinical implications are that if we understood what the environmental factor was that was varying by season, then it potentially could be modifiable to reduce allergy risk in children.” Pregnant parents could very well make beneficial changes that would affect their child’s future health.

A number of children were followed from birth into early adulthood and monitored for the development of allergic diseases. The researchers found a clear link between their seasons of birth and risk for allergies. For example, those born in the fall were more likely to develop eczema later in life, compared to those with springtime births.

Future studies are needed to look further into just what could cause these specific genes to be expressed. The researchers also believe there is more information to be gathered about other traits or diseases which could be linked to birth season. Co-author Gabrielle Lockett explains, “It might sound like a horoscope by the seasons, but now we have scientific evidence for how that horoscope could work.”

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41 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill1 years ago

Don't see how this could be true. I was born in Aug, my mom in Nov., brother in Jan., son in Feb. all of us have allergies.

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Alice L.
Past Member 1 years ago

Noted.

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Fi T.
Past Member 1 years ago

A healthy lifestyle matters much

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Diane E.
Diane E1 years ago

Not too much information here.

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James Maynard
James Maynard1 years ago

Interesting........

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Elaine Bauer
Elaine Bauer1 years ago

And.......? So; I'm a summer baby; highly allergic. Do I fit this non-specified profile?

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Jan N.
Jan N1 years ago

I have the usual sinus allergies but I recently developed what is apparently an autoimmune disease that is wreaking havoc on my skin. Waiting for the results of the biopsy, but regardless of which disease it is I'm now allergic to myself. I kind of doubt being born in August is a factor.

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Karin Hanson
Karin Hanson1 years ago

Just like Maxine said ..... no useful info here.

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen1 years ago

Thank you

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