What's up with my adult-onset allergies?

The expert: Neeta Ogden, M.D., a New Jersey allergist and spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

The answer: "Allergies are like any ailment, they can strike whenever," says Ogden. And it's not uncommon for allergies—be they seasonal or indoor—to sprout up for the first time in adulthood.


Summer Holiday Allergies

“Because it’s a weekend when many people barbecue, allergists should warn their patients with food allergies to be on high alert, especially about hidden food allergens,” Neeta Ogden, MD, an adult and pediatric allergist and spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), told


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Dry indoor air can exacerbate congestion, inflammation of the nasal and sinus passages, and coughing. Adding moisture with a humidifier will keep your respiratory tract lubricated, thus improving and preventing those yucky symptoms, says Neeta Ogden, M.D., fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.


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A 24-Hour Guide to Fighting Allergies

"If you have allergies, one of the best things you can do is start medications early,

even before your symptoms kick in," says Neeta Ogden, MD, an allergist in New York City.


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Parabens and fragrance are the two biggest culprits in allergic reactions to perfumes and lotions, Dr. Ogden says. If a new lotion or perfume gives you a rash, Ogden recommends seeing an allergist. Bring the product with you, if you still have it, so the allergist can help you avoid products with whatever ingredient caused the reaction. Some sunscreens — ones with octyl salicylate, for example — can also trigger allergic reactions, she says.