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I never had food allergies as a child, but i seem to have them now as an adult. is this common to happen?

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Dr. Paul Williams
Allergy and Immunology 28 years experience
Not unusual: Many food allergies develop in adults, particularly shellfish allergies, but also peanut and tree nut allergies. There are also other immune-related stomach problems that can be related to certain foods.
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Adults get allergies: People are born with the genetic predisposition to develop food allergies and they can occur at any age. Food allergy reactions usually consist of some/all of following: itchy lips/mouth/throat, nausea, vomitting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, hives, lightheadedness, chest tightness/wheezing. These symptoms occur each time a bite or sip of the offending food is eaten within 2 hrs of ingestion.

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