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Possible to develope allergies later in life?


I'm a male in his late 20's, and for most of my life I've always been in relatively good health.  I never had any real allergy problems to speak of throughout my youth, aside from having very sensitive skin reactions (especially to the heat and sun).  

Anyways, over the last couple of years (this year in particular) I've been developing symptoms that would suggest that I may have allergies, specifically hayfever.  Basically, every morning (since the Summer began) I've been sneezing like crazy upon waking up.  I'll sneeze as many as 4-5 times in a row, and as many as 15 times within a half hour.  Throughout the rest of the day, I'm usually ok, hardly sneezing at all.  It's really only a problem that occurs first thing in the morning when I wake up.  The nasal mucus is also completely clear, which would pretty much eliminate the idea that it may be an infection of some sort.  The only other symptom I've been feeling is a bit of itchiness at the back of the roof of my mouth, but that's been very, very rare.  

Based on these symtpoms, is it safe to say that it may be allergy related? Also, is it common for allergies to develope in people later in life?  

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This very well could be allergies, but are the symptoms bothersome enough to treat would be a good question.  If your nose isn't running, eyes watery and itichy, congested, sore throat...  It would probably be best to avoid medications and use some life style methods to start with

1)  Sinus Rinses bottle (my absolute favorite allergy treatment).  Washes the gunk right out of there.
2)  It sounds like possible dust might allergy since you wake up in the morning sneezing, so allergy proof coveres for you pillows and mattress and box springs may be beneficial.  
3)  Shower before going to bed to wash away any pollen or mold that has collected on your hair and skin before you crawl in bad and sllep with it all night.
4)  Keep the windows and doors closed as much as possible.
5)  If you suspect a pet allergy, don't let the pet in your room.

Your doctor would have other idease as well as searching on line.

Feel better.
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Thanks for the response!  Fortunately, the symptoms have been limited exclusively to the sneezing.  My nose tends to run, but only during the periods of heavy sneezing.  Upon blowing a couple of times, the runny nose is no longer an issue.  

Aside from that, I haven't had any other noticeable problems  Very little (if any) watery eyes, not congestion, and no sore throat.  I have had a bit of eczema on my right arm for most of the summer, but it's genetic in my family, and typically triggered during periods of high heat/humidity.

Anyways, I think I'll go see an allergy specialist nonetheless, just to get some clarity on it.  It has gotten a little annoying, even if it only is in the morning when I first get out of bed.
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