Can You Develop Allergies Later In Adulthood?

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Many people do not experience allergies growing up, and as children, they seem to be reasonably free of allergy issues, but then they find themselves in a sudden state where they develop an episode of allergic response.

When someone is having an allergic response, it simply means he or she has come into contact with a substance (i.e allergens) that is perceived as a threat by his/her body’s immunity.

This situation makes the immune system react by attacking whatever offensive substance a person eats, inhales or touches which could be a type of food, flower, gas, resulting in a visually obvious reaction.

In other words, because your immune system is destabilized, you will get hives, stomach ache, diarrhea, or swollen face, rash, difficulty breathing and other allergy symptoms.

Let’s look at why people develop allergies later in life and what to do when you suspect having a new allergy.

How can allergy develop later in life?

The precise reason why this happens is not clear but there are several possible explanations some of which includes:

  • Prior allergic exposure

As a child, you may have had a little exposure to an allergy. It’s possible that you weren’t exposed to high enough amounts to cause a reaction until you were an adult.

  • Poor immunity status

When your immune system’s function is feeble, which might be as a result of pregnancy, chronic conditions like diabetes, or malnutrition, you’re more likely to react to allergens.  

  • Change of environment

Relocating to a new area or workplace may expose you to new allergens which you have never been exposed to growing up.

  • Contact with pets

According to research, owning pets after a long period of not or for the first time, can make you develop an allergy.


What do you do when you suspect experiencing an allergy?

It’s best to get medical help if you’ve been having problems with particular foods, fruits or any substance at all you were once fine with.

The doctor will perform a complete medical examination and test you for additional sensitivities. This will aid in both the prevention and treatment of your condition.


When it comes to allergies, the only method to cure or prevent them is to avoid the irritants that cause them.

This usually entails a change in your eating habits, wearing protective clothing and avoiding certain places but seeking medical care is important to guide you in making lifestyle adjustments.

Due to the fact that the cause of allergies in adulthood is still unknown, it is recommended that you seek medical attention as it may be linked to a more serious disease, such as thyroid problems.

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Mercy Otaru Akinbinu is the founder of LovoHealth, a speaker, health writer and registered nurse. She is known for her love of animes and chocolate cookies and is also passionate about breaking chunks of health information into bits very easy to relate with.