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why do you develop an allergy?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Genetics: Simple answer: most who develop allergy it is because of genetics and environmental exposure to allergens. In reality it is much more complex than this.

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A 18-year-old male asked:

Is it possible to develop allergies?

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Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 26 years experience
Yes: Allergies can develop at any age. If you have symptoms of allergy, see your doctor or an allergist for a full evaluation.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How to know when do you develop an allergy?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Any time: While most food allergies and asthma begin in childhood, they can develop at any time. Allergic rhinitis is most common in children, but can begin at any age. My oldest patient to develop dust mite allergy was over 65 years old! drug and bee stings allergies don't usually occur on the first exposure/sting, but can occur anytime after that. Bottom line: never too young or too old for allergies!
A 31-year-old member asked:

Could allergies just suddenly develop?

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Dr. Linda Green
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Yes: Allergies can develop at any age and ca n develop suddenly.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How to avoid developing an allergy?

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Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Allergy prevention: By saying allergies i suppose you mean allergies to the environment like pollens, molds, dust mites, cat, dog... There are no known good way to prevent you from developing new allergies accept from avoiding exposure to those allergens so your body don't develop sensitivities to them. That seems to be impossible to do. Allergy shots have been shown to prevent your body to develop new sensitivities.
A 40-year-old member asked:

I think I have an allergy developing, what to do?

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Dr. Joshua Davidson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Several options: 1. You can visit an allergist or your primary care physician to obtain allergy testing. This could tell you exactly what you're allergic to. 2. You could treat the symptoms and consider testing later. Medications like OTC antihistamines may help you, as could OTC or prescription nasal steroids. I hope this helps!

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