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Onset of Adult Allergies


​​​​​​Did you know you can suddenly develop an allergy to something you have been exposed to your entire life? Grass and tree pollen, animals, foods or even common medications could become a trigger of allergy symptoms.

Crossing the Threshold

You may be more susceptible to developing allergies as an adult if you:

  • Change or move to a new location
  • Start a new job or hobby
  • Acquire a new pet
  • Have a family history of allergies
  • Had an allergy as a child
  • Began a new medication​

Allergy Symptoms Can Include:

  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Cold-like symptoms
  • Itchy skin, ears, nose, throat or eyes
  • Rashes

Allergies acquired in adulthood are most likely going to stay with you for life. Adults and children with allergies have three times the risk of developing asthma compared to those who are allergy-free. Other health complications from untreated allergies may include ear infections and chronic sinusitis.

Treating Allergies in Adults

Many adults do not seek treatment either because they do not realize they are having allergy symptoms or they believe their allergies are mild enough that they do not require medical attention.

Adults who do seek medical treatment are given several treatment options:

  • Identification and recommendations on avoidance to what they are allergic to.
  • Appropriate selection and use of medications like nasal steroid sprays or oral antihistamines to reduce allergy symptoms.
  • Take allergy immunotherapy ​shots to decrease symptoms and the need for medications.​

It is important to remember that allergies can occur at any time and at any age. If you have any questions about allergies or concerns for your health, contact your primary care provider.

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