A new study has found that women are more prone to allergies than men, and researchers say it’s likely due to genetic differences between the X and Y chromosomes.

Some allergies are more likely to occur in boys than girls, but overall, allergies are more often an issue for women. Food allergies in particular are generally more common in boys, whereas allergies affecting young adults and adults – chronic, life-long allergies – are more often found in women.

A step forward

Researchers hope that the findings will be a step toward more personalized, gender-based medicine for allergy sufferers and prevention of allergies in children.

The research, presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, was presented by Dr. Robert Yao-wen Lin.

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