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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Do food allergies last forever?

    If someone has a food allergy, will they be allergic to that food forever?
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    Joy Anderson

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Joy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist, as well as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has a special interest in ... View Profile

    Some do, some don't. Many food allergies in babies and young children disappear, especially those allergies to milk and eggs. Most children will grow out of these by school age. However, not all do and the trend seems to be that they are growing out of them at later and later ages. Nut allergies are less likely to be grown out of. Some children grow out of food allergies and then later develop other allergic-type conditions, such as asthma. Some people develop food allergies in later life, eg many cases of seafood allergies. There are no rules that apply to all people and allergies.

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