Are you at risk for adult allergies?


Maybe you sailed through childhood allergy-free. Or maybe you had some allergies as a kid, but you seemed to have outgrown them. In either case, and contrary to what many people believe, allergies can still crop up in your 20s, 30s, and beyond.

The immune system’s job is to fend off harmful invaders in the body, such as viruses and bacteria. With allergies, this process goes awry. Oversensitive immune systems react to substances that are normally harmless. This reaction is what causes your symptoms, which can include:

• Runny or stuffy nose

• Sneezing

• Itchy nose, ears, or mouth

• Red, watery, itchy eyes

• Puffy eyelids

• Coughing, wheezing, or chest tightness

• Shortness of breath in people with asthma

Be Aware of Your Risk Factors

Allergy-prone kids may grow up into allergy-prone adults. But the nature of the problem often changes over time. For example, young children with food allergies or eczema may develop allergic rhinitis later in life. Some also go on to have asthma triggered by their allergies. Your allergy risk is also affected by potential triggers around you. For example, getting a dog or cat might set off a pet allergy or moving into a new home might bring you into contact with allergy-causing mold.

Don’t Let Allergies Fool You

Many of the symptoms of allergic rhinitis are easy to mistake for a cold. Itchiness is one clue that an allergy might be the true cause. Also, if your symptoms stick around for more than two weeks, that’s another sign you may have an allergy.

Concerned about Allergy Symptoms for you or your child?

Southern New Hampshire Asthma & Allergy is dedicated to taking care of children and adults with allergies, asthma and  immunodeficiency.

We help patients of all ages enjoy active, healthy lives while managing allergies, asthma and related conditions. At our practice, you’ll find a friendly, warm office and a team of highly skilled physicians who are eager to help you understand your condition and develop a customized care plan.

We specialize in:

• Asthma

• Allergic Rhinitis

• Food Allergens

• Environmental Allergens

• Insect Stings

• Immunodeficiency

• Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema

• Drug Allergy

• Urticaria/Hives

We pinpoint the right course of action and therapeutic approach, relying on the latest testing and screening methods to evaluate your condition. We work directly with your primary care provider (PCP), and when needed we collaborate with other specialists.

With Southern New Hampshire Health and Massachusetts General Hospital as our partners, you’ll receive the best care close to home.

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Amit Kumar, MD, is board certified in Allergy & Immunology and Internal Medicine. He received his medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University and completed his residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson and fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Amitha Harish, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy & Immunology. She received her medical degree at Albany Medical College and completed her residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center – Strong Memorial Hospital and fellowship at Mayo Clinic.

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