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Can Adults Develop Allergies Later in Life?

According to the Academy of American Allergies, Asthma, and Immunology roughly 15% of children (more than 6 billion) suffer from respiratory and skin allergies. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Parents should take their children to an allergist to identify and treat symptoms. These children must learn at a young age how to deal with allergies. It is possible for allergy symptoms to lessen as the child grows. As a child can outgrow their allergies, an adult can grow into them. It is not uncommon for adults to develop allergies. A person can grow up allergy free and then develop an allergy.

Those who develop an allergy usually had some minor episodes in their childhood that did not register as an allergic reaction. Symptoms can remain dormant until adulthood.

Those experiencing allergies for the first time do so between their 20s and 40s. As humans age, our immune system weakens. Compromised immune systems are more susceptible to hyper-allergic reactions.

Allergy symptoms can seem very similar to a cold. Be mindful of how long problems last. If it is more than a week, your cold may be allergies. The best way to determine if you have developed allergies later in life is to visit an allergy doctor.

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