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.
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