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do food allergies go away?

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Dr. Madhukar Punja
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Yes, particularly in children. Most children with allergy to milk, egg and soy outgrow their allergies by age 5-6. However, childhood peanut allergy can be lifelong. In adults it is a different story. Their allergies will be lifelong once they develop it; most commonly they develop allergies to shellfish which stays on for life.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Yes: Especially in kids. Food allergies to cow's milk, egg, wheat, soy, and corn that begin in infancy or early childhood usually resolve by adolescence and often by kindergarten entry. Unfortunately peanut, tree nut, and crustacean allergy is more likely to persist whether starting in childhood or adulthood. Only 20-25% of children allergic to peanut or tree nuts ever tolerate these foods in life.
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Depends: I agree with the above answers. Most food allergies including egg, milk, soy, and wheat allergy resolve over time. However, some studies suggest that some children are outgrowing them later in childhood than previously thought. Only about 20% of children outgrow peanut allergy. Peanut, treenut, and shellfish allergy are present through adulthood and require lifelong avoidance.

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Do food allergies last a lifetime, or do they eventually go away?

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Is having a guilty conscious about food a healthy way to lose weight?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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No: A guilty conscience about food is not a healthy way to lose weight. Healthy food nourishes your body and keeps it running well. Emotional problems can sometimes confuse and complicate the process of eating, though. For instance, some with binge eating disorder suffer guilt about food. See your physician if you're concerned about your weight or your feelings about food.
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Are allergies a autoimmune disorder?

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A 25-year-old female asked:

Why is my 2 year old daughters stool always a shade of green? I rarely give her juice or food coloring so it cannot be the dye...

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Dr. Prakash Bhoopalam
Pediatrics 43 years experience
Normal!: It is not uncommon in some children. If the stool is formed , child is growing i would not worry about it. It is often from green leafy vegetables, coloring agents in the food or simply due to rapid transit from small intestine to large intestine where it normally is tuned brown.

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