It’s a common mistake to think that allergies remain the same throughout a person’s life. In reality, most people’s allergic triggers (and their allergic reactions) change over time. Many people experience food allergies as children and then grow out of them as they get older. On the other hand, many young adults develop sensitivities to environmental allergens (such as pollen) as they age. There are also some people with allergies that remain the same throughout their lives. Even though they’re well-known, their cases are not necessarily the norm.
New allergies can appear in several different ways, with respiratory and skin symptoms among the most common. If you’ve had a sudden breakout of hives or eczema, a newly developed skin allergy could be the cause. To find out what’s going on, we recommend having an online doctor look at it. In most cases, an online doctor can find the cause of a simple rash in just a few minutes. This means it may not be necessary to see your primary doctor or go to the emergency room.
If you have a skin allergy, your next step should be to get an allergy test to find out what’s causing the reaction. It’s very difficult to avoid future reactions if you don’t know what’s causing them! Unless your reactions are so bad that they mess up your everyday life, it’s probably fine to wait until the next time you see your primary doctor to get tested. During your next normal visit, your primary doctor can use a blood allergy test to get a very accurate picture of your allergies. If they need more information, they can also send you to an allergist.
It’s important to have a doctor check if any new symptoms you develop are allergy related before jumping to the conclusion yourself. Mild respiratory and skin problems are often caused by allergy, but there are also other potential causes. If you don’t understand the cause of your symptoms, it’s very hard to stop them from happening. Doctors are trained to help you determine what’s behind your symptoms, so don’t diagnose yourself!
Specialist doctor from the University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. I moved to the Bay Area in January 2013 and I attended the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley from 2013 to 2014 as a visiting PhD candidate. My PhD thesis is on Digital Health and so far I have published 4 peer review scientific papers. I founded First Derm in 2014.