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Saturday, January 24, 2009 Jade, Community Member, asks

Q: Can you grow out of allergies?

When i was yonger i was allergic to milk and nuts. Can you grow out of this? And i also have Asthma!

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JB, Editor
1/28/09 3:18pm

Hi Jade,


The short answer is "It depends." Milk, egg and peanut allergies tend to be "outgrown" by the time a child reaches adolescence. Peanut allergies, though, are more likely to be lifelong than milk or egg allergies, according to Dr. Robert Wood, director of pediatric allergy and immunology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


A person may also continue to test positive for allergies to these foods even after they have outgrown them.


Asthma, on the other hand, people do not generally outgrow. You may have fewer and fewer symptoms as you get older. You may not even need regular medication, but your lungs may still be sensitive to triggers and you may develop asthma symptoms even after not experiencing any for a long time. You need to work closely with your doctor to manage your asthma, even when you don't have symptoms.


I hope this helps!

KitsKid, Community Member
1/27/09 11:43pm

One of the Allergy doctors in Houston (he was recomended by Scott and White Clinic in Temple, Texas) that took care of my daughter who also was allergic to Milk, cheese, chocolate, cigarette smoke, coke, marsh elder, and several more trees and grasses, as a baby.  These allergies triggered her asthma.  He told us that by the time she was twelve she would outgrow these allergies. And she did.  She is the mother of three healthy boys.  Married for 10 years.  The doctor also told as that later in life she would develop NEW allergies.

helen, Community Member
2/ 3/09 4:20pm

you can grow out of an allergy at any age the same way you can develop one at any age.

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By Jade, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 01/24/09