26 doctors weighed in:

What are the most common food allergies?

26 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
11 doctors agree

In brief: See list below

The most common food allergens are egg, milk, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish.
Keep in mind that this does not mean other foods can be the cause of food allergies. For example, over the past few years it has become clear that some individuals can be allergic to meats.

In brief: See list below

The most common food allergens are egg, milk, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish.
Keep in mind that this does not mean other foods can be the cause of food allergies. For example, over the past few years it has become clear that some individuals can be allergic to meats.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Thank
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
4 doctors agree

In brief: Milk, eggs

For young children the most common food allergies are milk and eggs.
Soy and wheat are also common. As children get older, peanuts and tree nuts become more common and are often more severe. And as they become older still, fish, shellfish and seeds become common as well.

In brief: Milk, eggs

For young children the most common food allergies are milk and eggs.
Soy and wheat are also common. As children get older, peanuts and tree nuts become more common and are often more severe. And as they become older still, fish, shellfish and seeds become common as well.
Dr. Arthur Torre
Dr. Arthur Torre
Thank
Dr. Charles Miller
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Protein

Very common meat allergies are to seafoods, while a common plant protein allergen is the peanut.

In brief: Protein

Very common meat allergies are to seafoods, while a common plant protein allergen is the peanut.
Dr. Charles Miller
Dr. Charles Miller
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Lily Hwang
8 most common food allergies are: Milk, Eggs,Peanuts,Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts),Fish (such as bass, cod, flounder), Shellfish (such as crab, lobster, shrimp), Soy and Wheat
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: A few additions

Most common: milk & dairy (including goat's milk), egg, wheat (white flour), peanut, tree nuts, fish, crustaceans (shrimp, crab, lobster, prawn, crayfish), soy, corn.
With changing american cuisine sesame has emerged as number 9. Raw fruits & vegetables (apple, carrot, citrus, peach, melon, etc) are often implicated as triggers of oral allergy syndrome in those allergic to birch & ragweed pollen.

In brief: A few additions

Most common: milk & dairy (including goat's milk), egg, wheat (white flour), peanut, tree nuts, fish, crustaceans (shrimp, crab, lobster, prawn, crayfish), soy, corn.
With changing american cuisine sesame has emerged as number 9. Raw fruits & vegetables (apple, carrot, citrus, peach, melon, etc) are often implicated as triggers of oral allergy syndrome in those allergic to birch & ragweed pollen.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Well Documented

The most common food allergies are well documented by previous responses.
While true food allergy reactions are growing exponentially with new diagnoses of peanut allergy every day also on the rise are cases of oral allergy syndrome. This involves symptoms of mouth itching, rash around the mouth and in some cases burning of the mouth due to foods which cross react with allergenic pollens.

In brief: Well Documented

The most common food allergies are well documented by previous responses.
While true food allergy reactions are growing exponentially with new diagnoses of peanut allergy every day also on the rise are cases of oral allergy syndrome. This involves symptoms of mouth itching, rash around the mouth and in some cases burning of the mouth due to foods which cross react with allergenic pollens.
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Thank
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: The "big 8"

Only 6 to 8% of children have a true food allergy, and many will outgrow them. About 80% of food allergies are to the following eight foods: milk, egg, soy, wheat (all of which are commonly eventually outgrown) and peanut, tree nut, fish, and shellfish (all of which are usually not outgrown).

In brief: The "big 8"

Only 6 to 8% of children have a true food allergy, and many will outgrow them. About 80% of food allergies are to the following eight foods: milk, egg, soy, wheat (all of which are commonly eventually outgrown) and peanut, tree nut, fish, and shellfish (all of which are usually not outgrown).
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Thank
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Milk and Eggs

Allergy to milk is most common in children.
Along with milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut and tree nuts represents 90% of all food allergies in children. Fish and shellfish are also common, but usually more common in adults.

In brief: Milk and Eggs

Allergy to milk is most common in children.
Along with milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut and tree nuts represents 90% of all food allergies in children. Fish and shellfish are also common, but usually more common in adults.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Thank
Dr. John Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Peanuts, milk, wheat

Peanuts, milk, egg, wheat, and soy.

In brief: Peanuts, milk, wheat

Peanuts, milk, egg, wheat, and soy.
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Adam Smith
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
382K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors