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Overview

While allergies are most common in children, they can appear at any time and any age. Sometimes allergies disappear, only to return years later.

Exposure to allergens at times when the body’s defenses are weak, such as after an illness or during pregnancy, also may play a role in developing allergies. 

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Children and Allergies

Parents: The sooner you can identify potential allergies in your child, the better. Common allergy symptoms for children include sneezing, coughing, an upset stomach, a skin rash and difficulty breathing. Learn more about common triggers, such as animal dander, grass or tree pollen, insect stings, nuts, milk and eggs.

Children and Eczema

Ninety percent of patients with eczema — a noncontagious inflammatory skin condition — will have experienced symptoms by the age of 5. More than a third of children with eczema have food allergies as well. Learn about eczema’s symptoms and treatment.  

Pregnancy and Allergies

Can you take allergy medicine during your pregnancy? Should you continue your allergy shots? Asthma and allergies can raise tough questions for pregnant women — as well as potentially serious complications. Learn what to consider when weighing various allergy treatments during pregnancy.

Allergies at Work

Some people find their allergy symptoms appear — or get worse — while they’re at work. Occupational allergic rhinitis is a condition in which people are affected by workplace allergens, such as cleaning products or chemical fumes. Learn more about common work-related triggers.

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