Will my seasonal pollen allergies ever go away on their own?

April 1, 2010

In general, once a person becomes allergic to seasonal pollens, they tend to stay that way over time.  In a study looking at remission rates for allergic rhinitis over an 8 year period from 1990-1998, 88% of the patients with symptoms initially seen in 1990 continued to have seasonal pollen allergy symptoms in 1998.   In other words only 12% “grew out of” their allergy symptoms over the course of 8 years.  In this study allergy was confirmed with IgE-specific blood testing and those with lower levels of pollen specific IgE were more likely to loose symptoms over time.

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