Mine started off in my very late 20's. I would be affected mostly in the mornings after smelling certain scents such as perfumes, tobacco, body odour (i had a customer service job so no getting away from human type smells). Then at about 32 i thought i had come down with a bad head cold and spent 2 days in bed. I then realised that it wasn't like the common cold and something else was wrong. It was a seasonal allergy. Being out on a dry, windy day will set mine off too, so will vacuuming the carpet. Sometimes it's like my nose is super sensitive to certain scents. I could be cooking dinner and peeling an onion and the onion smell will make me sneeze. It's totally crazy.
I tried most tablet form non-prescription type medication, but nothing worked like a nasal spray which my doctor prescribed. The directions said to use it twice a day, everyday...but i thought that was over doing it, especially once i spoke to another female who suffered allergies and now her system has gotten used to all the medications and she can't use a single thing. So i only used the nasal spray when things got out of control and then i'd not need to use it for a couple of weeks.
My biggest upset was when i found out i had developed an allergy to bananas. After only a few bites of a banana my whole mouth, back of throat and ears begin to itch severely. I still can't understand why and nobody else can explain it either
[This message has been edited by Audrey-B (edited 05-02-2003).]