10 Allergy Myths That Will Surprise You - Myth 4

By Stephanie Watson @WatsonWriter
October 12, 2015
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4. If you didn’t have allergies as a child, you won’t get them as an adult.

Even if you never sneezed at pollen, dust, or pet dander as a kid, it’s never too late to start. “Although allergies are most common in childhood, they can strike at any age in life,” said allergist Richard Weber, MD, past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Developing allergies is a cumulative process. It can take months or years of repeated exposure to a substance before you become sensitive to it.



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Christopher Nystuen, MD, MBA and Janet O’Dell, RN