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  • JB
    JB
    Editor
    January 28, 2009
    JB
    JB
    Editor
    January 28, 2009

    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!


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