Ageing Can Bring About New Allergies

Posted on 15 May 2020

Most allergies develop in the early stages of life, and generally become less severe with age. However, worsening of symptoms or the acquisition of new allergies is not uncommon.

Allergies can be related to age because we have less control over our organ symptoms as we age. Our noses often run more as we age, breathing can sometimes be difficult and our eyes can often be dry.

The other culprit could be your medications. Some prescriptions can make symptoms worse. For example, beta-blockers can make your stuffy nose worse. The medicines you take for allergies could also become an issue. Antihistamines can interact with other medications that you may be on, causing severe side effects such as dizziness, confusion, or drowsiness. On top of that some of antihistamines that we often take are not recommended for many seniors because they can increase blood pressure.

If you’re experiencing new symptoms, you may have developed an entirely new allergy. New allergies can occasionally rear their heads in our later years, due to genetics, illness, or even a change in environment or location. It’s not uncommon for people older than 60 to experience seasonal allergy symptoms for the first time. However, allergy symptoms in later life are sometimes mistaken for signs of a more serious illness or confused with other coexisting conditions such as heart disease, making diagnosing them difficult.

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