41 doctors weighed in:

Do children grow out of allergies?

41 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eli Silver
Pediatrics
21 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Not all of the food allergies are created equal.
Food allergies like dairy, egg, wheat tend to be outgrown. Tree nut and peanut are less likely (although recent studies suggest that 20-30% outgrow the peanut allergy). Environmental allergies tend to "grow on you" with time. Note: the allergy test may remain positive despite the child having outgrown the allergy. Consult with an allergist.

In brief: Yes

Not all of the food allergies are created equal.
Food allergies like dairy, egg, wheat tend to be outgrown. Tree nut and peanut are less likely (although recent studies suggest that 20-30% outgrow the peanut allergy). Environmental allergies tend to "grow on you" with time. Note: the allergy test may remain positive despite the child having outgrown the allergy. Consult with an allergist.
Dr. Eli Silver
Dr. Eli Silver
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Joel Selter
Tree nut allergies are usually outgrown only 8-9% of the time, even though it is common to have patients allergic to certain nuts and not others. And lets not forget that peanuts are not "nuts" but rather legumes/beans- related to soybean.
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Depends...

As stated by others, there are foods which are/not commonly outgrown.
This is usually predicted on the clinical reactivity in conjunction with diagnostic serum ige levels and skin test measurements. Aeroallergen sensitization is usually not outgrown. Penicillin and hymenoptera allergy (over time) and eczema usually are. Asthma and eoe wax/wane but remain inflammatory conditions to some degree.

In brief: Depends...

As stated by others, there are foods which are/not commonly outgrown.
This is usually predicted on the clinical reactivity in conjunction with diagnostic serum ige levels and skin test measurements. Aeroallergen sensitization is usually not outgrown. Penicillin and hymenoptera allergy (over time) and eczema usually are. Asthma and eoe wax/wane but remain inflammatory conditions to some degree.
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Thank
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Children may outgrow specific allergies, especially infants with mild food allergy.
They often however "grow into" new allergies. The ability to develop or have allergy is never outgrown.

In brief: Yes

Children may outgrow specific allergies, especially infants with mild food allergy.
They often however "grow into" new allergies. The ability to develop or have allergy is never outgrown.
Dr. Arthur Torre
Dr. Arthur Torre
Thank
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The question should be " can children .
..? The answer as my collegues have responded is some children do and some do not grow out of them.. I would add that a strong family/parental history of allergic problems may be the best predictor of severity of allegic potential. Also remember that allergies start at any age, young or old.

In brief: Yes

The question should be " can children .
..? The answer as my collegues have responded is some children do and some do not grow out of them.. I would add that a strong family/parental history of allergic problems may be the best predictor of severity of allegic potential. Also remember that allergies start at any age, young or old.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
Thank
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

A recent study reported that children with smaller cellullar reactions (ige levels in blood or wheal size on skin prick) to the allergen are more likely to outgrow their allergy.
It may take until the second decade of life, and seems most predicted by genetics rather than environmental triggers.

In brief: Yes

A recent study reported that children with smaller cellullar reactions (ige levels in blood or wheal size on skin prick) to the allergen are more likely to outgrow their allergy.
It may take until the second decade of life, and seems most predicted by genetics rather than environmental triggers.
Dr. Victoria Acharya
Dr. Victoria Acharya
Thank
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

(but it depends on what allergies you are asking about).
Some food allergies are commonly outgrown such as wheat, egg, soy, and milk. Others are not commonly outgrown such as peanut, tree nuts, shellfish, fish. Environmental allergies such as dust mites or pollens are not typically outgrown, although in late adulthood they may become less severe.

In brief: Yes

(but it depends on what allergies you are asking about).
Some food allergies are commonly outgrown such as wheat, egg, soy, and milk. Others are not commonly outgrown such as peanut, tree nuts, shellfish, fish. Environmental allergies such as dust mites or pollens are not typically outgrown, although in late adulthood they may become less severe.
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Thank
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Some common food allergies (egg, milk) are usually outgrown; others (peanut) are typically not.
In any case, work with your pediatrician or allergist to determine how to tell if it's safe to eat certain foods.

In brief: Yes

Some common food allergies (egg, milk) are usually outgrown; others (peanut) are typically not.
In any case, work with your pediatrician or allergist to determine how to tell if it's safe to eat certain foods.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Thank
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Many children will outgrow food allergies by the age of 3-5 years old.
Milk, soy, and egg allergies are among these; peanut and tree nut allergies are not commonly outgrown. Seasonal or other airborne allergens may wax and wane from year to year.

In brief: Yes

Many children will outgrow food allergies by the age of 3-5 years old.
Milk, soy, and egg allergies are among these; peanut and tree nut allergies are not commonly outgrown. Seasonal or other airborne allergens may wax and wane from year to year.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Thank
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Most children will out grow food allergies (nut allergies are difficult to out grow).
If children are allergic to environmental allergens it may persist.

In brief: Yes

Most children will out grow food allergies (nut allergies are difficult to out grow).
If children are allergic to environmental allergens it may persist.
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Thank
Dr. Janesta Noland
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

They often do, if we are talking about food allergies.
Some food allergies are more likely to stay around, however, such as peanut. And some allergies don't develop until later - environmental allergies generally don't come up until school age.

In brief: Yes

They often do, if we are talking about food allergies.
Some food allergies are more likely to stay around, however, such as peanut. And some allergies don't develop until later - environmental allergies generally don't come up until school age.
Dr. Janesta Noland
Dr. Janesta Noland
Thank
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

A child who is lucky can grow out of allergies, but that cannot be predicted early on.
Usually, allergies change over time. A person can become allergic to things he/she used to be fine with. On the other hand, a person's allergies to some things can fade over the years. Allergies to shellfish or peanuts tend not to go away.

In brief: No

A child who is lucky can grow out of allergies, but that cannot be predicted early on.
Usually, allergies change over time. A person can become allergic to things he/she used to be fine with. On the other hand, a person's allergies to some things can fade over the years. Allergies to shellfish or peanuts tend not to go away.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
Thank
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Certain food allergies such as wheat and milk allergies are often outgrown by as early as two years of age although allergies to nuts and shellfish usually persist.
Seasonal allergies, for instance to pollens, usually are not present in infants but can develop anytime later in life.

In brief: Yes

Certain food allergies such as wheat and milk allergies are often outgrown by as early as two years of age although allergies to nuts and shellfish usually persist.
Seasonal allergies, for instance to pollens, usually are not present in infants but can develop anytime later in life.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Thank
Dr. Russell Faust
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Yes

The answer is yes, and no.
As the immune system develops, some allergies may improve over time; some may worsen. There is no way to predict these changes.

In brief: Yes

The answer is yes, and no.
As the immune system develops, some allergies may improve over time; some may worsen. There is no way to predict these changes.
Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faust
Thank
Read more answers from doctors