Common Food Allergies and When They Develop

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Have you ever wondered why some people can eat anything without a problem, while others have to be careful? Well, it all comes down to common food allergies and when they develop.

Common Childhood Allergies

  • Milk: Milk allergies are common early in life. While many kids outgrow milk allergies by the age of five, some may carry it into adulthood.
  • Eggs: Eggs are a common trigger in children, however, most outgrow this allergy by adolescence.
  • Peanuts: Peanut allergies are often lifelong and they tend to develop early in life. It’s essential to introduce peanuts to babies at the right time to reduce the risk.

Common Teen and Adult Allergies

  • Tree Nuts: While some tree nut allergies start in childhood, others can develop in adulthood. They’re often lifelong and can cause severe reactions.
  • Shellfish: Shellfish allergies can develop at any age even if you’ve enjoyed them your whole life.
  • Fish: Fish allergies can also develop later in life even if you’ve been enjoying it since you were a kid.

What Triggers Allergies to Develop?

  • Genetics: If your parents or siblings have allergies, you’re more likely to develop them too.
  • Environmental Factors: Pollution, diet changes and early exposure to certain foods can all play a role in triggering allergies.
  • Immune System: Sometimes, your body just decides that a particular food is the enemy and creates an allergic response.

What Now?

Regardless of your age, food allergies can pop up when you least expect them. That’s why it’s crucial to be aware of common food allergens and their potential to cause reactions at any age.

If you suspect you or a loved one has a food allergy, don’t wait to get tested. Early diagnosis and management can make all the difference in living a happy, healthy life.

Schedule a consultation with one of our Southwest Allergy and Asthma Center providers today!

This entry was posted in Uncategorized on May 16, 2024 by SWAAC Team.

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