Adult onset allergies & the immune system

Allergies aren’t just for kids. Some adults may actually experience a change in allergies as they age. From developing springtime allergies for the first time, to realizing that your family cat doesn’t cause you the misery it once did – allergies can shift and change at different phases of your life.

“Allergies are an inappropriate immune system response to something in the environment,” says allergist Alice Hoyt, MD. “It could be cat dander, pollen, dust mites or even peanuts. But it’s an inappropriate response because there’s no reason for your body to be intolerant to such allergens.”

 

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