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What are signs and symptoms of food allergy in an adult?

What are signs and symptoms of food allergy in an adult?

Abdominal s/s: It could be abdominal pain, nausea vomitting or diarrhea, or asthma like symptoms, skin rash, stridor swollen lips etc. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Food Allergy (Definition)

Allergies usually mean there is a response like diarrhea, vomiting, hives, or anaphylaxis when that food is eaten. Other allergies can be more subtle and lead to chronic congestion, headaches, eczema, rashes, constipation, etc. Best answer- if concerned about a particular food eliminate it from your diet and see how you respond. You can ...Read more


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Chances of developing a new food allergy as an adult? Not allergic to anything i know of, but terrified of developing a new allergy. Afraid to eat!

Chances of developing a new food allergy as an adult? Not allergic to anything i know of, but terrified of developing a new allergy.  Afraid to eat!

Can happen: Although the incidence of food allergy in adults is much less than in children it can happen. The most common food in my experience for adults to become allergic to is one or more of the crustaceans such as shrimp, crab or lobster. If you are concerned about a possible food allergy you might want to see an allergist. All in all, i think your risks are minimal and should not stop you from eating. ...Read more

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Can a food allergy develop as an adult. I have been eating sesame foods since I was a child and always had no issues. I'm confused! ?

Can a food allergy develop as an adult. I have been eating sesame foods since I was a child and always had no issues. I'm confused! ?

Yes: You can develop a food allergy any time in your life even though it is more common in early childhood. If you have allergic symptoms to sesame seeds, you need to pay attention to peanut as well since they share some common allergens. Sesame seed oil however is tolerated by most but not all. ...Read more

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Can you out grow food allergies when diagnosed as an adult ?

Can you out grow food allergies when diagnosed as an adult ?

Not as many studies: There aren't as many studies out there on people who have outgrown food allergies who were diagnosed as adults but since children can outgrow their allergies and their immune systems can change, I don't see what an adult's body couldn't do the same. I just can't give you specific time period, just like you couldn't give a child a specific time period or a period at all. Good luck though. ...Read more

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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?

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

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. ...Read more

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No one in my family have allergies or food allergies, neither do i. What are the chances to develop allergies when your adult? Minimal? Im 25 year old

No one in my family have allergies or food allergies, neither do i. What are the chances to develop allergies when your adult? Minimal? Im 25 year old

Minimal: Allergy is hereditary. You can be allergic, if either of your parents had any allergies, asthma or dermatitis, as this will increase your risk of developing allergy. ...Read more

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As an adult, is it possible develop a dangerous food allergy?

As an adult, is it possible develop a dangerous food allergy?

Yes: Food allergies can develop at any point in life. Peanuts, tree nuts, and shell fish are the most common food allergies to develop in adults. All food allergies are life-threatening. ...Read more

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What would cause an adult in his 50s to develop a food allergy?

What would cause an adult in his 50s to develop a food allergy?

Typical: All adults essentially change their allergies about ever 7 years, so even if you were not not allergic to some food, you can be now. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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