I have to say, at the beginning of this post, a caveat so to speak, that I developed hay fever when I was young, so this question is something I have researched to answer.
I think many people do, however, from the experience of people I have talked to, it’s certainly not uncommon to start to suffer from hay fever at an older, even adult age.
Some adults get a nasty shock
I read an article on this subject a short while again, I loved a particular paragraph on this subject, enough that I wanted to share a paraphrased version of it with you :
Although hay fever is usually assumed to begin in childhood, some adults will be getting a nasty shock as they experience unpleasant symptoms such as sneezing and itching for the first time.
This really sums it up. It’s generally assumed that hay fever begins at childhood, but it could start at any time and some adults will get a shock when they start suffering the unpleasant symptoms of hay fever for the first time.
The article went on to quote someone saying that lots of people assume everyone with hay fever develops in childhood, but they have had people even in their 70’s who were diagnosed with hay fever.
This suggests that people even in their 70’s are suddenly experiencing symptoms of hay fever.
It also says that, unfortunately, there is no way to predict when people who are genetically predisposed towards allergies, such as hay fever.
People who have a genetic disposition are going to develop hay fever, but as to what triggers it we don’t know.
Another paraphrased quote I read. It really does suggest that if you are going to get hay fever, you will get it. Even if it’s at an adult age.
But, what is hay fever?
Your on this site and you probably have a good idea of what hay fever is, but just in case you don’t (maybe your an adult who has just started to suffer with it). Hay fever is an allergy to pollens (which are the male reproductive parts of plants) from grasses and trees.
When these come into contact with the tissue inside the nose, they trigger an immune reaction that can cause congestion, sneezing, itching, and a runny nose. Personally I sufferer from 3 of the 4 (I never get a runny nose) – the worst being the itchy eyes.
When pollen enters the body of a hay fever sufferer, it triggers the production of histamine, which then creates all those unwanted symptoms. That’s why anti-histamines can help.
To sum up the question
So, in summation, ‘Can Adults Suddenly Develop Hay Fever?’. The answer is a definite yes. If you’re genetically predisposed towards allergies, then there is a probability you will start to suffer from hay fever – and that could be from a young age or as an adult.
Once you do start suffering, well there are remedies to try. Some of which other posts will discuss.
Did you start to suffer from hay fever as an adult? If so, why not leave us your story below to share.