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Outgrowing Food Allergies: What are the Odds?

Outgrowing Food Allergies: What are the Odds?
Whether or not a food allergy can be outgrown depends largely on the type of food your child is allergic to, as well as the severity of the allergy. It is possible to have an allergic reaction to almost any type of food. But some foods lead to allergies more frequently than others. Of the common food allergies, milk, egg, soy and wheat allergies are the ones children most often outgrow. About 60 to 80 percent of young children with a milk or egg allergy are able to have those foods without a reaction by the time they reach age 16.

Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies and tends to be lifelong; only about 20 percent of children are fortunate enough to outgrow it. An even lower number of those with tree nut allergies —14 percent —will lose that allergy. And only 4 to 5 percent of children with a fish or crustacean (shellfish) allergy will go on to be able to eat those foods without a reaction later in life.

Recent studies have shown that most children can tolerate baked milk and egg. If they can, eating baked milk or egg can help speed up the resolution of food allergies in some children. If your child is allergic to milk or egg, consult your allergist before giving them these foods in baked form.  You can read the complete blog post by clicking here. 

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