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Allergies can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status. Generally, allergies are more common in children. However, a first-time occurrence can happen at any age, or recur after many years of remission.

There's a tendency for allergies to occur in families, although the exact genetic factors that cause it aren't yet understood. In susceptible people, factors, such as hormones, stress, smoke, perfume, or other environmental irritants, may also play a role. Often, the symptoms of allergies develop gradually over a period of time.

Allergy sufferers may become so accustomed to chronic symptoms, such as sneezing, nasal congestion, or wheezing, that they don't consider their symptoms to be unusual. Yet, with the help of an allergist, these symptoms can usually be prevented or controlled and quality of life greatly improved.

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According to the American Lung Association, the CDC and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious disease about 25 million people in the US currently have asthma and between 40 and 50 million are affected by allergies.

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Allergic Rhinitis

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For people with seasonal allergies, spring and fall can be times of sniffles and sneezes. Find out more about seasonal allergies by taking this quiz.