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Can Kids Outgrow Food Allergies?

If your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy, you have probably wondered if there is any possibility that he or she will eventually outgrow it. Achieving tolerance—as outgrowing a food allergy is commonly known—is possible for children as they develop. However, the likelihood of such a result varies depending on the type of allergy. Continue reading to learn more about achieving tolerance of food allergies.

The Odds of Outgrowing a Childhood Food Allergy

During 2009 and 2010, a Chicago-based research team conducted a nationwide survey of children to determine the prevalence of food allergies and the probability of outgrowing them. The survey, which encompassed 40,104 children, found that about one-quarter of the children surveyed who had a food allergy outgrew that allergy. The average age for overcoming a food allergy, according to the survey, was 5.4 years.

The Factors that Contribute to Outgrowing Allergies

The most notable factor in outgrowing a food allergy appears to be the nature of the allergen itself. The information gathered by the survey suggested that children with allergies to soy, egg, and milk had the strongest chances of achieving tolerance, while children with allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish had some of the lowest chances. The more severe the symptoms of an allergy were, the fewer allergies a child had, and the earlier in life the allergic reaction began, the more likely achieving tolerance was.

If you or a family member suffers from a food allergy, Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM can help. Known in the region for treating the most high risk food allergy patients, the allergists at A&AS supervise food testing and challenges in a closely monitored medical environment. You can reach our team of allergists located in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Pottstown, Doylestown, Jenkintown, Lansdale, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania, by calling 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2.

The Link Between Persistent Coughs and Asthma

If you suffer from a persistent cough, the thought may have crossed your mind that it could be due to asthma. As this video from The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology explains, coughing in people who have asthma is usually brought on by a trigger such as pollen. If you find yourself coughing and wheezing frequently even when you do not have a cold, you should see an allergist to determine whether you have asthma.

If your cough is making it difficult for you to enjoy life, contact the allergy doctors at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM by calling 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2. We have locations serving Blue Bell, Pottstown, Doylestown, Jenkintown, Lansdale, Collegeville, King of Prussia, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

How GERD Affects Your Vocal Cords

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a common digestive disorder that can cause heartburn, lead to persistent dry cough, and trigger symptoms of asthma. It happens when the lower muscles in your esophagus don’t fully close as usual, allowing your stomach’s contents to move back into the esophagus. When this happens, the stomach acids can cause your vocal cords to become severely irritated. GERD can also trigger vocal cord dysfunction, a condition characterized by symptoms similar to those of asthma, including coughing, hoarseness, and difficulty inhaling. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms alongside your GERD symptoms, an allergist can diagnose the problem for you.

If you think that GERD may be affecting your allergy treatment, talk to the board-certified allergists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . We offer exceptional care for allergies and asthma at our locations in Lansdale, Blue Bell, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Pottstown, Collegeville, Philadelphia, and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. For an appointment, call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2.

How GERD Affects Your Vocal Cords

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a common digestive disorder that can cause heartburn, lead to persistent dry cough, and trigger symptoms of asthma. It happens when the lower muscles in your esophagus don’t fully close as usual, allowing your stomach’s contents to move back into the esophagus. When this happens, the stomach acids can cause your vocal cords to become severely irritated. GERD can also trigger vocal cord dysfunction, a condition characterized by symptoms similar to those of asthma, including coughing, hoarseness, and difficulty inhaling. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms alongside your GERD symptoms, an allergist can diagnose the problem for you.

If you think that GERD may be affecting your allergy treatment, talk to the board-certified allergists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . We offer exceptional care for allergies and asthma at our locations in Lansdale, Blue Bell, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Pottstown, Collegeville, Philadelphia, and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. For an appointment, call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2.

Answering FAQs about Drug Allergies

The potential for an allergic reaction exists with any drug, whether it is a medication that has been prescribed to you or an over-the-counter medicine. If you have had an unexpected reaction to a drug, you should see an allergist to be tested for a drug allergy. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about drug allergies.

What are the symptoms of a drug allergy?

The symptoms will differ depending on the drug and the circumstances of the allergic reaction. Some of the most common symptoms experienced with a drug allergy include coughing and wheezing, breaking out in hives, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, swelling in the face, and sudden high blood pressure.

What should I do if I have an adverse drug reaction?

If you are reacting negatively to a drug you are taking, stop taking it right away. Then, contact your physician. To determine whether you have an allergy to that drug, you’ll need to be tested by an allergy doctor. If the test shows that you do have a drug allergy, your physician will help you find an alternate option for treatment.

What is anaphylaxis?

It’s important to be able to distinguish a mild to moderate drug allergy from anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction that needs to be treated as a medical emergency. Warning signs of anaphylaxis include dizziness, irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing, and loss of consciousness. If you or anyone you know is experiencing symptoms of anaphylaxis, call 911 right away.

Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM has been providing advanced care for people who are living with allergies and asthma since 1989. Our goal is to improve quality of life for every patient we see. If you’d like to make an appointment with an allergist at one of our eight locations in Lansdale, King of Prussia, Collegeville, Doylestown, Jenkintown, Pottstown, Philadelphia, and Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, call 1(800)86-COUGH and select option 2.

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