Do Allergies Get Worse?
It’s hard to predict how an allergy will develop. Some people — most often children — may outgrow an allergy completely. Others find that as they pass out of middle age and get older, their allergy symptoms become less severe. That’s because the immune system weakens with age, and perhaps can’t muster as strong a reaction to the allergen.
But usually, once you have an allergy, it doesn’t go away on its own. And some people find that their allergies just get worse over time. That’s especially true of allergies to foods, latex, or bee stings, which can result in more serious reactions with each exposure.
Obviously, external factors play a huge role in how allergy symptoms develop. All it takes is a heavy pollen season, or a new job in a moldy office, for allergies to flare up worse than ever.