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Adult-onset allergies: What you need to know

When we think of allergies, most people tend to think of them as something that begins in childhood. However, adult-onset allergies do happen. Whether it’s a food allergy or a seasonal allergy, just because you managed to not have an allergy in childhood doesn’t mean you won’t develop one later in life. Allergies happen when […]

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When we think of allergies, most people tend to think of them as something that begins in childhood. However, adult-onset allergies do happen.

Whether it’s a food allergy or a seasonal allergy, just because you managed to not have an allergy in childhood doesn’t mean you won’t develop one later in life.

Allergies happen when your immune system decides something – food, mold, pollen, etc. – is something to be attacked. Once that happens, your immune system sends histamines out. The histamines cause allergy symptoms like hives, itchy eyes and more. In some cases, the reaction can be severe and cause a life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis.

While researchers are still trying to figure out why some people develop allergies while others don’t, they do know that many more people are developing allergies now – including adult onset allergies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. That’s a lot of people dealing with allergies!

So who is at risk for adult-onset allergies? It’s hard to say. It’s possible that people with adult-onset allergies have had mild allergies for some time but the symptoms are worsening.

However, some people do develop adult-onset allergies out of the blue – something researchers could say is due to a weakened immune system or age.

Risk factors include: Pregnancy, an illness and moving to a new state or country with different allergens.

As with children, it’s important to take your allergies seriously and seek medical treatment. There are many treatments and options for allergies, so you don’t have to suffer with adult-onset allergies.

Midwest Allergy

If you suspect you have adult-onset allergies, Midwest Allergy can help. There are treatments and other options available and you don’t have to suffer. We are here for you, so make an appointment today!

 

 

 

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