If you’re suffering from a stuffy nose, constant sneezing and watery eyes that have lasted way longer than a typical cold, it could be allergies — even if you’ve never had them before. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), you can still experience allergy symptoms for the first time as an adult. Here’s what you need to know. Immune System Reactions Allergic reactions begin in your immune system, somewhat by accident. That means your body mistakenly tries to attack harmless substances you breathe, eat, drink or touch, such as pollen. This reaction causes your body to release chemicals (called histamines) to fight the substance. Histamines are responsible for causing allergy symptoms like a runny, itchy or stuffy nose, watery eyes, ticklish throat or dry cough, sneezing, and even adult-onset asthma. Once your immune system has responded this way to a substance, your body will be on high alert for it, as it’s now considered an allergen. Interestingly, children can outgrow many allergies as their immune systems become less sensitive. Triggers Allergic …
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