What Are the Risk Factors for Peanut Allergies?

A peanut allergy is one of the most dangerous food allergies that a child can suffer from. If you’re concerned that your child may be at risk for a peanut allergy, you should visit an allergy doctor for allergy testing as soon as possible. Here is a look at some of the risk factors for peanut allergies.

Your Child’s Age

Most food allergies, particularly peanut allergies, often present at a very young age, are more likely to develop as a baby or toddler. However, as a child with food allergies ages, his digestive system matures, and he might stop exhibiting symptoms of a food allergy or peanut allergy. About 20% of children with a peanut allergy eventually outgrow it. In most cases, however, a child with a peanut allergy will continue to suffer from the allergy as an adult.

Other Food Allergies or Nut Allergies

If your child has other food allergies, he might be at an increased risk of developing a peanut allergy. If your child has asthma, seasonal allergies, or atopic dermatitis, he may also be more likely to develop a peanut allergy. Nut allergies are also a risk factor for peanut allergies. Around 25 to 40% of people who suffer from a peanut allergy also suffer from a tree nut allergy, such as pecans, cashews, almonds, and walnuts.

A Family History of Food Allergies

If food allergies are common in your family, your child might be more likely to suffer from a food allergy or peanut allergy. There is a slight risk of developing a peanut allergy if you have a family history of seasonal allergies, hay fever, or asthma. Additionally, if one of your children has been diagnosed with a peanut allergy, his siblings have a 7% chance of developing the allergy themselves.

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