Better otr worse over time?

Posted on: Tue, 08/21/2007 - 9:52am
M. Mariano's picture
Joined: 04/30/2007 - 09:00

I'm reading conflicting messages about Multiple food allergies. I read that an allergic person tends to gain new allergies over time rather than get rid of them. Another source stated that allergies get better when a person's immue system fully develops, so kids DO often do outgrow allergies (not to peanut or treenut) but other ones like milk and egg. What are your experiences?

Posted on: Tue, 08/21/2007 - 10:17am
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

Everyone is different. I developed my allergies at 26. First to peanuts and then came all the others. I have multiple food allergies. We found out about my son's allergy to peanuts when he was 2. Then came tree nuts, and then seeds (sesame, poppy, sunflower, etc.) and light allergy to legumes. Some people's test numbers go low and some get higher. Some go up and down.
My allergies are not as severe as my DS's, but have gotten worse over time. My DS started severe and still are just as bad.
I know a few children with PA and will probably have it all of their lives, I also know about 2 people that outgrew it as toddlers. I know another boy that just started reacting to tree nuts at age 6.

Posted on: Tue, 08/21/2007 - 12:00pm
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

I was allergic to grapes/raisins as a kid - and outgrew it.
Developed PA as an adult, though may have been mildly allergic to to peanuts long before I was diagnosed.
As a teen/young adult, often had hives from an unknown allergen.
Now I think that grapes/raisins are bothering me again.
So are my allergies worse over time? Who knows....
I don't get the terrible hives that I used to get - but I'm now anaphylactic to peanuts.
I think it's a trade-off.

Posted on: Tue, 08/21/2007 - 12:04pm
solarflare's picture
Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

I found with my kids, that it initially got worse, but as they've gotten older, they've outgrown some allergies.
Cheryl, mom to Jason (9 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, coconut, sesame, squid)
Joey (8 NKA)
Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*

Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2007 - 1:22am
kelgilcon's picture
Joined: 08/13/2007 - 09:00

My ds outgrew milk and egg but has added more nuts. We stopped testing him since it was so tramatic to him and have just avoided all nuts as we have always done. He will still test slightly + to milk and egss but a food challange has proven that he has no reactions to these foods anymore.
ds (Peanut, pist., cashews and probably more nuts, seasonal outdoor stuff)
dd ( seasonal outdoor, NFA)

Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2007 - 2:52am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Over the last 8 yr, DD has outgrown wheat (and some of its relatives), soy, and (we used to think) milk....
But her egg allergy has worsened considerably, to the point that it is the equal of a PA. She has also sensitized to TN over time. With her Hx, we definitely exercise caution with the rest of the highly allergenic foods. (sesame, celery, other seeds, fish, and shellfish, to which I am allergic)
I distinctly recall, however, how absolutely horrifying it felt to be on the downward spiral in which she apparently sensitized to [i]everything[/i] she ate-- it seemed it was only a matter of time.... oats, buckwheat, etc. We thought for sure that we were headed for an elemental diet when she was 2. Then for no apparent reason, [i]that[/i] started to get better.
Of course, this was also when the remaining allergies worsened considerably, in terms of severity (in the case of egg.... the pn had nowhere to go there) and sensitivity (both are aerosol-level).
But honestly, the best thing that has ever happened to us was getting soy and wheat back! (Though we use very little soy b/c of DH's annoyance-level allergy, it is nice to not need to be so darned careful about it.)
DD is just a [i]super-atopic[/i] and always will be. She comes from a whole family of us. We can't ever forget that.

Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2007 - 5:57am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

It works both ways. Allergies can be outgrown, but people can suddenly become allergic to things they never were before.
I think it's probably best to hope for outgrowing the current allergies, but to always keep in the back of your mind that a new one may develop.

Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2007 - 9:04am
solarflare's picture
Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Corvallis Mom:
But honestly, the best thing that has ever happened to us was getting soy and wheat back![/b]
Ditto. Getting wheat and soy back opened a lot of doors food wise for us.
If we're not counting individual tree nuts, Jason has outgrown half of the allergies he had at age 3. His RAST numbers really started dropping around age 7.
Cheryl, mom to Jason (9 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, coconut, sesame, squid)
Joey (8 NKA)
Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*

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