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What can untreated allergies do to your body?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Internal Medicine - Allergy
3 doctors agree

In brief: Usually Nothing

Allergies to airborne particles cause multiple symptoms which are frustrating but usually won't cause long-term issues.
Occasionally untreated allergies are associated with chronic infections (like sinusitis), asthma, and eczema. Rarely, untreated allergies can cause scarring in the nose and sinuses that may require surgery to relieve.

In brief: Usually Nothing

Allergies to airborne particles cause multiple symptoms which are frustrating but usually won't cause long-term issues.
Occasionally untreated allergies are associated with chronic infections (like sinusitis), asthma, and eczema. Rarely, untreated allergies can cause scarring in the nose and sinuses that may require surgery to relieve.
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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on location

Untreated allergic rhinitis (hay fever) can increase your risk of sinus infections and make you miserable but likely will not lead to irreversible damage.
Untreated allergic asthma however can lead to chronic inflammation in the lungs and possible irreversible changes with low lung function and symptoms. Even if one ignores nasal allergies, do not ignore asthma.

In brief: Depends on location

Untreated allergic rhinitis (hay fever) can increase your risk of sinus infections and make you miserable but likely will not lead to irreversible damage.
Untreated allergic asthma however can lead to chronic inflammation in the lungs and possible irreversible changes with low lung function and symptoms. Even if one ignores nasal allergies, do not ignore asthma.
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