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Do chronic allergies ever go away?

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Some people, most often children, may outgrow an allergy completely. Others find that with age, their allergy symptoms lighten up. That may be because the immune system can weaken with age, and perhaps can't muster as strong a reaction to the allergen. But as an adult, once you have an allergy, it usually doesn't go away on its own.

From: Do I Have Chronic Allergies? WebMD Medical Reference

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ACP Medicine: "Allergic Rhinitis, Conjunctivitis, and Sinusitis."

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology: "Oral allergy syndrome made worse by ragweed, fruits, and vegetables."

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Allergy-Immunology Glossary."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation: "Allergy Facts and Figures."

Kwong, F. , Sourcebooks Inc., 2002. The Complete Allergy Book

MedLine Plus: "Allergic Rhinitis."

Jay M. Portnoy, MD, past president, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; chief, section of allergy, asthma and immunology, Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, Kansas City, Mo.

FDA: "Watery Eyes? Runny Nose? Time to Spring Into Action Against Seasonal Allergies."

Zellerbach, M.  , Lowell House, 2000. The Allergy Sourcebook

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

ACP Medicine: "Allergic Rhinitis, Conjunctivitis, and Sinusitis."

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology: "Oral allergy syndrome made worse by ragweed, fruits, and vegetables."

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Allergy-Immunology Glossary."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation: "Allergy Facts and Figures."

Kwong, F. , Sourcebooks Inc., 2002. The Complete Allergy Book

MedLine Plus: "Allergic Rhinitis."

Jay M. Portnoy, MD, past president, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; chief, section of allergy, asthma and immunology, Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, Kansas City, Mo.

FDA: "Watery Eyes? Runny Nose? Time to Spring Into Action Against Seasonal Allergies."

Zellerbach, M.  , Lowell House, 2000. The Allergy Sourcebook

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

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