home
RSS
May 9th, 2008
01:37 PM ET

Allergies and age

By Val Willingham
CNN Medical Producer

When I was a little girl, my mother would get allergy shots. It was a big deal, because in my childlike mind, I could never understand why anyone would use a needle to get relief. But she was one of those people who was allergic to everything: pollen, ragweed, mold. She was miserable all year long. The shots helped her make it through the day. But as she got older, her allergies changed. She gave up the inoculations, took some over the counter medication and eventually weaned herself off the meds. The allergens just didn't seem to bother her anymore.

Fast forward 30 years. My mom is now 83 and guess what? Her allergies are back. They're not as bad as when she was in her thirties, but they effect her enough to alter her life. She avoids going out on high pollen days and keeps her windows closed; leaving the air conditioning on. She sneezes a lot and feels rundown from time to time. But she says they are still not as bad as when she was younger.

Doctors say the return of allergies as we get older is not unusual. Some people can have allergic reactions when they're young and then never have them again when they hit middle age. Some sufferers are like my mother, who go for years without symptoms and then, wham -they come back. Or others can go their whole lives without allergies and then in their forties and fifties start to sneeze and wheeze.

Allergists say there are a number of factors that cause this. Dr. Jordan Josephson, an otolaryngologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City says, "Allergens are getting worse and worse. There are things called super antigens, which means that all the car exhaust and pollution that can link up with maybe mold and creating super antigens that people are more allergic to." Dr. Josephson even mentions that global warming may play a part. As the climate of our planet shifts and our weather patterns change, allergen strains tend to become more potent.

Physicians also warn that as you age, allergies can become more of a health problem. Watch out if you are grabbing an over the counter medication for relief. If you're taking prescription medicine for blood pressure or cholesterol, the OTC medication could cause some negative reactions. Dr. Josephson warns, "If you have heart problems any decongestants can adversely affect those heart problems. You have to be very, very careful and if you are a man and you are having a prostate problem, as men get older they tend to have that, antihistamines and decongestants can cause your prostate to act up and swell and can give you terrible urinary problems." Stay in touch with your doctor and make sure you're getting your allergies treated properly.

Are you an allergy sufferer? How have your allergies changed your life and what do you do to fight them? Let us know.

Editor's Note: Medical news is a popular but sensitive subject rooted in science. We receive many comments on this blog each day; not all are posted. Our hope is that much will be learned from the sharing of useful information and personal experiences based on the medical and health topics of the blog. We encourage you to focus your comments on those medical and health topics and we appreciate your input. Thank you for your participation. 

« Previous entry
soundoff (587 Responses)
  1. Video Marketing Companies California

    https://northlasvegaschamber.info/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 03:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. RV Beds Los Angeles

    http://gg.gg/p0sve

    May 9, 2021 at 09:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Video Marketing Studio

    The next time I read a blog, I hope that it does not disappoint me as much as this particular one. After all, Yes, it was my choice to read through, however I actually believed you'd have something interesting to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of moaning about something that you can fix if you weren't too busy searching for attention.

    https://www.bayerwald.tips/plugins/bannerverwaltung/bannerredirect.php?bannerid=1&url=https://affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 11:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Local Marketing Consultants

    http://www.mrshabanali.com/?wptouch_switch=desktop&redirect=http://www.affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 12:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Content Marketing Service

    A motivating discussion is definitely worth comment. I believe that you ought to write more about this topic, it might not be a taboo matter but generally people do not discuss these issues. To the next! Best wishes!!

    https://www.501trust.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 13:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Google Marketing Quotes

    https://www.cryofacts.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 15:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Social Media Marketing California

    http://www.herdlisten.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 16:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Local Marketing Firms

    The very next time I read a blog, I hope that it does not fail me as much as this particular one. After all, I know it was my choice to read, but I truly thought you would have something useful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something you could possibly fix if you weren't too busy looking for attention.

    https://zitesinc.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 15:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Google Marketing Services

    http://www.carbonafrica.co.ke/?mobileview_switch=mobile&redirect=http://www.affordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 16:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Internet Marketing Club

    https://www.hypnobabies-usa.info/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 21:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Internet Marketing Pros

    Good post. I certainly appreciate this site. Keep it up!

    http://www.korusnord.no/EPiServerMail/Public/GoMail.aspx?op=false&mid=c9d8b00e-2864-4818-b39d-e8dbf5662111&rid=e87eff7d-6e35-487e-a443-e3f2a01828c8&url=http3A2F2Faffordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 22:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Internet Marketing Experts

    Hi, I do believe this is a great web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I may return yet again since I bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.

    https://lakesandmountainresorts.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 11, 2021 at 01:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Google Marketing Specialists

    Having read this I thought it was extremely informative. I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this short article together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

    https://bidfur.mobi/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 11, 2021 at 05:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Internet Marketing Reviews

    https://empowerdocs.biz/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 11, 2021 at 05:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Social Media Marketing Help Near Me

    Great site you have here.. It’s difficult to find quality writing like yours these days. I honestly appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

    http://www.erlibird.com/visit-site?id=25208&noJoin=1&sendURL=http3A2F2Faffordableranking.com

    May 11, 2021 at 08:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Content Marketing Companies

    I'm very happy to find this page. I need to to thank you for your time due to this fantastic read!! I definitely really liked every bit of it and I have you book marked to see new things in your website.

    http://www.unifrance.org/newsletter-click/6763261?url=http://www.affordableranking.com

    May 11, 2021 at 10:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Seo Marketing Consultant

    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post! It's the little changes that will make the most significant changes. Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.scholarshipforhispanics.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 11, 2021 at 11:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Internet Marketing Management

    Spot on with this write-up, I really believe that this web site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the advice!

    http://www.agregator.media/goto?http://www.wifimind.com

    May 11, 2021 at 15:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Social Media Marketing Specialist Near Me

    http://www.kobra-verlag.com/redirect.php?linkto=http://getmoneyonlyfans.com

    May 11, 2021 at 15:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. RV Upholstery Riverside

    I was very pleased to discover this website. I wanted to thank you for your time for this fantastic read!! I definitely savored every bit of it and i also have you saved to fav to see new things in your website.

    http://www.cia.org.ar/BAK/bannerTarget.php?url=http://www.g.page/OCRVFleetServices

    May 11, 2021 at 19:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. RV Entertainment System Orange County

    May I simply say what a comfort to uncover an individual who genuinely knows what they are discussing online. You actually understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important. A lot more people should read this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised you aren't more popular given that you surely have the gift.

    http://www.acpqxaejcu.ccda.1.gsr.anonimizing.com/home287/createSession?referer=http://yelp.com/biz/ocrv-center-anaheim-2

    May 11, 2021 at 21:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. RV Washing California

    http://www.timeclub.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=

    May 11, 2021 at 21:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. shop repair near me

    https://consultaca.com/redir/?ca=12115&url=https://youtube.com/watch?v=swnJdHAlat8

    May 11, 2021 at 22:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. oc collision center

    Aw, this was an extremely good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to generate a superb article… but what can I say… I put things off a whole lot and don't manage to get nearly anything done.

    &Target=2&BannerId=41919&Zoneid=281&Parameters=&cos=Azlan

    May 11, 2021 at 22:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. rv generator repair

    http://old2.mtp.pl/out/ocrv.guru/rv-repair-shop-moreno-valley-california

    May 11, 2021 at 23:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. 2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Heater Control Repair

    http://sc.hkexnews.hk/TuniS/fleetservicerepairshop.com/mercedes-high-top-van-repair-shop-near-me

    May 12, 2021 at 01:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. RV Roof Los Angeles

    http://www.jennisonfunds.biz/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=yelp.com/biz/ocrv-center-yorba-linda-2

    May 12, 2021 at 02:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. best rv upgrades

    Everyone loves it whenever people get together and share views. Great website, keep it up!

    https://sessionize.com/redirect/8gu64kFnKkCZh90oWYgY4A/?url=http://youtube.com/watch?v=EcjblmszKeQ

    May 12, 2021 at 04:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. RV Lighting California

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this article plus the rest of the website is also very good.

    http://www.backbonebanners.com/click.php?z=1&a=13000&c=CAMPAIGN&d=0&url=http://youtube.com/channel/UCGb9aC76nAmfzNsCru2KBHA/videos

    May 12, 2021 at 05:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. RV Remodeling Riverside

    https://www.campeauoutdoorpowerequipment.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=youtube.com/channel/UCCWA5o3d2u11KvEjA3wLVUA/videos

    May 12, 2021 at 08:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Sprinter Van Service

    http://sportadmin.se/SSO/?REF=https://fleetservicerepairshop.com/touring-van-repair-shop-near-me

    May 12, 2021 at 11:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Sprinter Fuel Filler Pipe Repair

    Hello, There's no doubt that your site may be having internet browser compatibility problems. Whenever I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in IE, it has some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other than that, excellent website!

    http://sherlock.scribblelive.com/r?u=commercialrepairshop.com/ram-high-top-van-repair-shop-near-me

    May 12, 2021 at 13:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. rv plumbing repair near me

    Excellent article. I am going through some of these issues as well..

    http://www.ia.omron.com/view/log/redirect/index.cgi?url=https://ocrv.pro/rv-repair-shop-murrieta-california

    May 12, 2021 at 14:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. paint shops around me

    http://sitecheck.elinkdesign.com/redirect.php?url=https://ocrvluxurycoaches.com/motorhome-mechanic-near-me

    May 12, 2021 at 16:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. 2006 Mercades Sprinter 2500 Turbo Actuator Repair

    Pretty! This has been a really wonderful post. Thank you for supplying these details.

    https://ams.ceu.edu/optimal/optimal.php?url=https://fleetautorepairshop.com/service-van-repair-shop-near-me

    May 12, 2021 at 19:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. RV Interior Remodeling California

    http://ye23.com/bbs/skin/ruvin_cubic_l2/site_link.php?sitelink=http3A2F2Finstagram.com/ocrvcenter&id=link&page=1&sn1=&divpage=1&sn=off&ss=on&sc=on&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc20&no=4

    May 12, 2021 at 20:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. camper repair center

    Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful post. Thanks for providing this information.

    https://mitsui-shopping-park.com/lalaport/ebina/redirect.html?url=https://youtube.com/watch?v=NY184z_iEhs

    May 12, 2021 at 23:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. RV Fiberglass Near Me

    I really like it when folks get together and share thoughts. Great website, keep it up!

    http://www.kargoambar.com/redirect.php?url=http3A2F2Fg.page/OCRVFleetServices

    May 13, 2021 at 02:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Mb Sprinter Repair Shop

    https://www.tanken.ne.jp/cate/fhhanpu/rl_out.cgi?id=ox8448&url=https://commercialrepairshop.com/van-upgrades-shop-near-me

    May 13, 2021 at 06:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. airstream restoration california

    That is a really good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise information… Thanks for sharing this one. A must read post!

    https://surveys.montclair.edu/survey/preview.jsp?surveyid=1326825217719&url=https://ocrv.rocks/rv-repair-shop-loma-linda-california

    May 13, 2021 at 08:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. bucket truck california

    This website definitely has all of the information and facts I needed about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

    https://altapress.ru/skidki/site/gate?id=572&url=https://youtube.com/watch?v=-OzAUjZJbtM&hash=juWPOE3X8bgaMmG7B1l76NkcW178_c9z

    May 13, 2021 at 09:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. commercial truck body shop near me

    http://services.nfpa.org/Authentication/GetSSOSession.aspx?return=https://ocrv.rocks/rv-repair-shop-valley-village-california

    May 13, 2021 at 09:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Sprinter Side Door Lock Repair

    http://ceksini.info/track/link?to=https://fleetrepairshops.com/luxury-sprinter-van-shop-near-me

    May 13, 2021 at 14:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. rv insurance near me

    You're so cool! I do not believe I've truly read anything like this before. So good to discover somebody with unique thoughts on this subject matter. Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up. This site is something that is required on the web, someone with a little originality!

    http://www.zerocarts.com/demo/index.php?url=https://ocrv.vip/progressive-rv-collision-repair-shop-near-me

    May 13, 2021 at 15:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. RV Plumbing Los Angeles

    http://securityengineering.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=youtube.com/channel/UCCWA5o3d2u11KvEjA3wLVUA/videos

    May 13, 2021 at 17:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. RV Furniture Los Angeles

    http://www.sensortdf.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.yelp.com/biz/ocrv-center-anaheim-2

    May 13, 2021 at 19:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. rv refrigerator repair near me

    I was more than happy to discover this page. I need to to thank you for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely loved every part of it and I have you saved to fav to see new information on your blog.

    https://www.sibur.ru/bitrix/rk.php?goto=https://youtube.com/watch?v=ds2aScsIDSE

    May 13, 2021 at 19:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. rv repair and service near me

    https://www.sunzu.com/link/?url=https://youtube.com/watch?v=OrDZrD-jDlk

    May 13, 2021 at 20:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. national interstate rv insurance

    http://digitalbuzzblog.com/?wptouch_switch=desktop&redirect=https://ocrv.me/rv-repair-shop-cahuenga-pass-california

    May 13, 2021 at 21:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Dodge Sprinter 3500 2006 Window Repair

    An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I do think that you need to publish more on this subject, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people don't talk about such issues. To the next! Best wishes!!

    https://www.tanken.ne.jp/cate/fhhanpu/rl_out.cgi?id=ox8448&url=https://fleetrepairshops.com/sprinter-van-collision-repair-shop-near-me

    May 13, 2021 at 21:39 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

« Previous entry
Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.