Type of food allergy determines likelihood of child growing out of it


According to a recent question-and-answer from the Mayo Clinic, the likelihood of a child outgrowing his or her food allergy is dependent on the type of allergy suffered.

Given that food allergies affect about 6 to 8 percent of children under age 5 and about 3 to 4 percent of adults, it is clear that some do "grow out" of their allergies.

Common food allergies most often outgrown

Common food allergies, including milk, egg, soy and wheat, are the ones children most often outgrow, says the Mayo Clinic's spokesperson, while peanut allergies and nut allergies are not likely to be outgrown, and neither are fish and shellfish allergies.

Relatively, though, numbers are still not horrible as about 20 percent of peanut allergy sufferers will outgrow it by the time they are adults.

Blood and skin tests can help to determine the likelihood of an individual outgrowing his or her food allergies.

You can read more of the Mayo Clinic Q&A in the Chicago Tribune.

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