No more cats or coffee for me
June 23, 2012 4:02 AM Subscribe
Is it possible to develop allergies or food intolerances as you get older, if you've never had a problem with them previously?
posted by sunshine arakhan to Health & Fitness (25 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
There may be a straight forward answer to this, but is it possible to develop an allergy or intolerance to a food or item you've never had a problem with before?
I'm in my early twenties and the last 6 - 12 months have noticed that I'm becoming allergic to the cat at home, and intolerant to milk. I've never had an issue with cats before and have lived with this cat for nearly 2 years without problem, but lately when he's close to me (as in snuggled up to me or on my bed) I start sneezing a lot, sinuses kick in and the eyes go itchy. It's bearable and goes away after a while but just weird (I'll add it's only this cat too, doesn't happen with other friends' cats, he's a Siamese if this matters).
I also now can't drink milk without feeling ill - again never an issue growing up, I loved it, but now after a cup of coffee or bowl of cereal etc I'm left feeling bloated then not long after have to rush to the toilet.
YANAD and these aren't so serious that I feel the need to see a doctor, I just avoid them, but am still curious if you can develop intolerances as you grow older? (sorry this is so long winded!)