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A 24-year-old female asked:

How do people overcome a food allergy that they had as a child? (i used to be allergic to shrimp).

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Good question.: Many food allergies are "outgrown" presumably due to maturation of the gastrointestinal tract or the development of immune tolerance. A good example is that for milk-allergic people who can tolerate cooked milk products, the regular intake of cooked milk product may actually reduce the allergy to raw milk with time. As for shrimp, the chance of outgrowing is likely around 20% vs 95+% for milk.

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