WASHINGTON – The sneezing, the runny nose, the hives — aren’t I too old for this?
Dr. Martha White of the Institute for Asthma and Allergy says she hears this question a lot. But unfortunately, when it comes to allergies, the symptoms don’t discriminate against age.
White explains that everyone is born with the ability to develop an allergy, but the allergy isn’t developed until a person obtains a certain amount of exposure.
“People will move to a new part of the county and in two to three years will start having allergy symptoms, because they have developed allergies to the types of pollen in their new environment,” says White, who adds that the D.C. area is one of the worst cities for allergies.
In addition to taking antihistamines for runny noses and sneezes, there are other steps one can take to keep seasonal allergies under control.
Here are some of White’s suggestions:
CNN Health offers some additional tips for dealing with allergies: