Adult Onset Allergies

July 27, 2017 |

Woman in an office blowing her nose

It is very common to hear of children “outgrowing” allergies. But what happens when a grown adult suddenly develops new allergies?

There are several reasons an adult can develop allergies later in life. Chemicals or mold in the workplace and household settings, foods, a new pet, hormonal changes, and the process of aging are all factors that play a role in adult-onset of allergies.

So how can we diagnose adult-onset allergies?
Recognize any allergies symptoms:
Notice any respiratory problems
-If you have developed adult-onset allergies from an airborne allergen, you may notice symptoms related to the respiratory system. These symptoms can include sneezing and/or a runny nose.

Look for any digestive problems
-Some allergies can be triggered by ingesting certain substances. If the allergen is ingested, then the symptoms can also affect your digestive system. These symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, stomach upset, and/or diarrhea.

Check for any skin exposure reactions.
-You may also develop allergies to skin irritants. Skin exposure to an allergen can result in skin rashes and/or hives. You may also experience unusual skin itching.

Monitor for other symptoms
-Other allergy symptoms may be missed because they are not commonly associated with allergies. One commonly missed symptom is fatigue. Fatigue may occur because allergy symptoms are keeping you awake or drains you. You may feel like you have no energy.

Diagnose allergies:
Schedule an appointment with one of our providers at Michigan ENT & Allergy Specialists
-The provider will also do a physical exam and ask questions about your symptoms. They will determine what you have tried in the past to control your symptoms, determining what was effective and what was not.

Skin testing
-The provider may recommend allergy testing. One kind of allergy testing may be done via skin tests

Undergo blood tests
-Another type of allergy test your doctor may suggest is a blood test. This type of test can be done to measure antibodies to allergens

Keep an allergy diet
-There are a vast number of possible allergens that can be causing your symptoms. You can help your provider determine what you are allergic to by keeping an allergy diary. Keep track of where you are, what you are doing, and what is in your immediate vicinity when you experience your symptoms.

Please contact our office today at (616) 994-2770 if you are experiencing new-onset allergies.


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