Can I Develop Seasonal Allergies As An Adult?

Question: Can I develop seasonal allergies as an adult?

Answer: There's a feeling that allergies only exist in children and then persist into adulthood. But we frequently see patients that have done well most of their lives and then as an adult they do develop allergies, and that does happen. And therefore if an adult comes in with symptoms that are typical for seasonal allergies, they should be evaluated to see what they're sensitive to, and again, appropriately treated depending on what the allergen is and given advice regarding environmental precautions and the appropriate medications.

But clearly, one can develop both allergies and asthma as an adult and it doesn't have to be just in children.

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Rohit Katial, M.D., Program Director, Allergy and Immunology &, National Jewish Medical and Research Center
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