8/2/99: Why do Alergies get worse as we get older?

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I've noticed that as I get older alergies get worse. Why would that be?

-- Stewart MacLeod (stewart@macleod.iwarp.com), August 05, 1999


As you get older your body gradually builds up static electricity. It is a very slow and methodical development that happens over time. When you shuffle your feet on carpet it builds up a lot of static electricity which comes out in a "shock." Not all of the electricity gets discharged, though, and the remainder gets stored in your cilia (nose hairs.) Over time this builds up and begins to attract more and more dust and pollen causing an allergic reaction. The only solution to keep allergies at a minimum is to keep your nose hairs trimmed, avoid carpet as much as possible, and stay away from the fuse box.

Please tell me if there is anything else you need to know.

-- Kevin Donohoe (Kevin.Donohoe@csfb.com), August 24, 1999.

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