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Is it possible to develop hay fever as an adult?

(9 Posts)
nkf Fri 22-Aug-08 19:46:13

Because I seem to have all the symptoms.

chairmanmaiou Fri 22-Aug-08 19:48:14

Yes. It is possible.
Get a skin test from your GP.

bagofhammers Fri 22-Aug-08 19:48:35

Yes. My bro has it really badly now but didn't have it at all until he was about 20.

nkf Fri 22-Aug-08 19:49:47

Okay. I'll go to the doctor. It's making me miserable to be honest.

nkf Fri 22-Aug-08 19:50:13

Spent a lovely day in the country today and now I can't stop sneezing and my eyes and nose hurt.

smoggie Fri 22-Aug-08 20:04:08

Yes, I developed it last year at 35 !
I'd always lived in fairly urban places until 6 years ago when we moved to here which is pretty rural with a wood at the back of us. Since last year I've had horrible hayfever, only really twigged to it at the end of the summer. I must admit - I didn't really think it could make you feel quite so awful as it does. I get a thumping headache, sore eyes and sneezes++.
I think it was the eczema society website has some hints and tips for minimising symptoms - things I hadn't considered (over and above the usual) - tie long hair back (traps pollen), wash hair daily (ditto), wear sunglasses, vaseline around nostrils to trap pollen, keep windows closed on a night.
There are more but those spring to mind at the mo. Hope you feel better with the anti-histamines.

LongDroopyBoobyLady Fri 22-Aug-08 20:05:50

Yes and it can disappear again too! I had it first when I was pg with dd1 and then it went just after dd2!

nkf Sat 23-Aug-08 12:31:23

I hope it disappears. Do you think it's unwide to buy something from the chemist before getting a proper diagnosis from the GP.

SqueakyPop Sat 23-Aug-08 12:33:07

Yes - I did about 3 years ago at the grand age of 40.

The main symptoms were gravelly eyes (horrible), which cleared up with antihistamines. I don't have it all the time - just a few days a year when I medicate, and I haven't discovered a pattern yet.

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