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Can fears and phobias be linked to some food allergy/intolerance?
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
I find that some patients, especially children, with anaphylaxis to foods like peanut or tree nuts become so frightened of eating something with traces of peanut or nut that they develop agoraphobia, a fear of leaving the house.
The fact is that the danger of dying from eating a food you're allergic to is about the same as being struck by lightning or attacked by a shark. Great question.

In brief: Yes
I find that some patients, especially children, with anaphylaxis to foods like peanut or tree nuts become so frightened of eating something with traces of peanut or nut that they develop agoraphobia, a fear of leaving the house.
The fact is that the danger of dying from eating a food you're allergic to is about the same as being struck by lightning or attacked by a shark. Great question.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Food phobias
After a severe reaction to a food, especially a life-threatening one, a person may understandably become afraid of contact with it.
When this occurs, it is important for the person to become fully trained in using Epinephrine to treat reactions. Desensitization is possible for some of the worst allergic food situations, and this can significantly reduce the danger, helping the phobia.

In brief: Food phobias
After a severe reaction to a food, especially a life-threatening one, a person may understandably become afraid of contact with it.
When this occurs, it is important for the person to become fully trained in using Epinephrine to treat reactions. Desensitization is possible for some of the worst allergic food situations, and this can significantly reduce the danger, helping the phobia.
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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