You may think you have the cold that just won't quit. But if you've been blowing your nose, rubbing your eyes, or suffering from congestion for more than two weeks, it's time to consider a different diagnosis: allergies. They seem to be on the rise, a survey of more than 10,000 households found, and not just among kids — you can develop a nasal allergy for the first time as a grown-up. "That surprises many of my patients. I hear 'At my age?' all the time," says Jennifer Namazy, M.D., an allergy specialist at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. Also, allergies you had in the past can suddenly get worse. In fact, adults between the ages of 35 and 49 are the group most likely to suffer, the survey found.
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